Muscat: The three-month shrimp fishing season is beginning in the coastal areas of Oman from September 1 and will continue until the end of November 2014, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.
The ministry has announced that many professional fishermen will focus on fishing for shrimps in the two governorates of Al Wusta and South Al Sharqiya and some wilayats of Dhofar governorate.
The ministry, in a statement, has said that it has made elaborate arrangements in terms of administration and technical preparations for the season. It has also made efforts to create awareness, and prepared itself to monitor the activity and collect data during the entire season.
The ministry would ensure that the laws of sea fishing are implemented fully and it should be a model during this season. It has warned all those in the trade, including fishermen, traders and hotels to abide by the rules.
It has said that if any of the laws are violated, it would invite legal action. The export of shrimps without registering the quantity at the end of the season was also strictly prohibited, it said.
The research centres of the ministry have conducted various studies about shrimps in Oman for its farming and increasing its yield. These studies have helped the ministry to develop tools used for fishing of shrimps to help fishermen increase the yield.
According to a data of the ministry, Oman had harvested a total of 742 tonnes during 2012 which is significantly lower than that in 2011 when 952 tonnes of shrimps were harvested. The statistics further revealed that the entire 742 tonnes in 2012 and 950 tonnes in 2011 were harvested in Al Wusta governorate. Al Bathina governorate could harvest only two tonnes in 2011.
There is heavy demand for shrimps. They are actually harvested in the coastal wilayats of Al Wusta and South Al Sharqiya and parts of Dhofar governorate. These shrimps are mostly pushed into local markets while some varieties are also exported.
Shrimps have nutritional value as they have protein and can be an alternative source of protein after meat. They also have a low level of fat. Along with vitamin B12, they have Omega3 oil which helps in preventing heart disease, and is useful for other health issues.