The total quantity of fish landed in the Sultanate by using traditional fishing practices contributed to 59.946 tons till the end of January 2020, a decline by 14% over 69.743 tons in 2019,
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The total value of the fish stock was RO29.113 million in 2020, representing a growth by 6.6% over RO 27.321 million in 2019.
The quantity of fish landed in the governorates of North and South Al Batinah stood at 5.281 tons, the quantity in the Governorate of Musandam stood at 3.517 tons and the landed quantity in the Governorate of Muscat stood at 1.783 tons.
As for fish landing by species, the largest quantity of fish landed by the end of January 2020 comprised small pelagic fishes at 40.001 tons, compared to 52.400 tons at the end of January 2019, a decline of 23.7%. The quantity of large pelagic fish rose by 46.7% to reach 10.037 tons by the end of January 2020 compared to 6.840 tons by the end of January 2019. The quantity of demersal fish landed reached 8.644 tons, comprising a drop by 2.1% compared to the end of January 2019, which stood at 8,828 tons. There was also a decline in the quantity of sharks and rays by 22.3% to stood at 478 tons, compared to 615 tons in January 2019.
The quantity of crustaceans and molluscs declined by 51% to stood at 379 tons, compared with 774 in the same period in 2019, while the quantity of other fish types landed by traditional Fishing stood at 406 tons.
Coastal and commercial fishing contributed to about 562 tons and 3.932 tons of total fish landings, respectively, by the end of January 2020.
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