Ministry bans the export of these fish in Oman
May 13, 2018 | 1:31 PM
by Times News Service
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Muscat: The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has banned the export of four varieties of fish, in a move to have more produce in the local market, according to a recently issued ministerial decision.

The Ministry has prohibited the export of the yellow fin tuna, kingfish, longtail tuna and jobfish.

"According to the decision No. 1322018, the “Regulation of the Sultanate’s Exports of Species of Fish” Law prohibits the export of yellow fin tuna, kingfish, longtail tuna and jobfish. The law will be effective from June 1, 2018 to May 31, 2019, " the Ministry's statement read. The ban also prohibits carrying any of these fish by any means of transport through border crossings with the intention of selling it, during the ban period.

However, "The law excludes exporting canned fish as well as yellow fin tuna and jobfish in frozen packaging, as it is intended to improve the quality, and provides additional value to the fish,” the ministerial decision stated, while adding, “Frozen yellow fin tuna and jobfish should be exported by air only." The exception also requires that companies who are buying fish need to obtain a licence and get quality certification approved by the Ministry.

Owners of vehicles and companies, who transport and market the fish, must obtain an accredited certification from the Central Fish Market, or from other local markets that have been identified by the Ministry.

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