lobster fishing season starts today in Oman


Muscat: The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources (MAFWR) has announced that the lobster fishing season for 2023 will start on March 1.

A statement issued by MAFWR said that the season will continue for three months.

‘The lobster fishing season has great economic and social importance for fishermen in the sultanate. An important resource, lobsters live among rocks and coral reefs, as well as in sandy and clay environments in shallow depths close to beaches.’

An official at MAFWR said, “Fishermen use cages, which have capacity to catch between 20 and 40 lobsters. In Oman, lobsters are caught in the wilayats overlooking the Arabian Sea in the governorates of Dhofar, Al Wusta and South Sharqiyah. These governorates have sites that are rich in fish stock due to the marine biodiversity of the Arabian Sea.”

The official urged fishermen to adhere to the specified fishing period and to use authorised fishing traps (lobster cages) in order to preserve this national wealth and sustain stocks.

Statistics of MAFWR show that the sultanate’s lobster catch in the 2020 season yielded 950 tonnes, worth RO4.1mn. Domestic consumption accounted for 597 tonnes, and the remaining 353 tonnes were exported.

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