March 13, 2018
Oman lobster fishing season starts
Oman's lobster fishing season this year started in March off the Sultanate's southeastern seaboards in the governorates of Dhofar, Al Wusta and South A'Sharqiyah, Gulf News reports.
The report said the season continues until the end of April. Lobster is one of the largest marine resources in the Sultanate.
Saying the lobster fishing season is economically and socially important for the regions' fishermen, Salim Al Araimi, director of fishing department of South Sharqiyah governorate, said the ministry is exerting more effort to regulate work during the season to uphold the Maritime Fishing Law with the fishermen's cooperation.
He asked traditional fishermen to comply with the permitted fishing methods in the waters of the Sultanate in March and April, and to avoid fishing egg-laden lobsters, as well as lobsters that are less than 8 centimeters in length, the report said.
Al Araimi said Oman's lobster production in the 2017 season totalled 464 tonnes, citing statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. This was in increase of 8% from the previous year's 430 tonnes.
Last year, Oman exported 98 tonnes of lobster to the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and some Asian and European countries.