Oman bans fish trade via this border post
June 11, 2018 | 10:10 PM
by Times News Service
Image used for illustrative purpose. Photo: Purushothaman K./File

Muscat: Oman's Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has banned the import and export of fish consignments via the Khatmat Malaha border point, according to a recently issued ministerial decision.

In an online statement, the ministry said, "A ministerial decree to ban the entry and exit of the fish consignments via Khutmat Melaha border point starting from June 12."

In May 13, the ministry banned the export of four varieties of fish, in a move to have more produce in the local market. This included 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.

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