Muscat: A total of 24 expat workers who were caught fishing illegally have been arrested in Al Wusta region, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has announced on Thursday.
In addition to the arrests, seven unlicensed boats were confiscated by authorities in Al Wusta.
According to a statement online, MoAF said, "During an inspection campaign carried out by the Fish Control team in Al Wusta, 24 expatriate workers were found violating the Maritime Fishing Law, using nylon nets. The workers were arrested, and seven unlicensed boats were seized."
According to Omani fishing law, fishing boats and fishermen may only carry out their craft after obtaining a license, on which will be stated the type of vessel, fishing methods and equipment, and the number and specialization of crew. On this license will also be stated the designated fishing areas the vessel may operate in. There are also restrictions on fishing methods, barricades, and mass fishing using explosives.
When these laws are broken, "The individual will be fined no less than OMR300-5000 and/or be sent to prison for 1-3 months."