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Oman’s MOAF to induct 270 high-tech vessels to boost fish production June 24,2019   |  Source: Muscat Daily

To support the development of the fisheries sector and create 4,000 jobs by 2023, the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has launched a programme to induct 270 high-tech fishing vessels.

The ministry has called on fishermen to participate in the project as investors or as licensees. Fitted with latest navigation, safety and resource location equipment, these boats are designed to enhance the catch as they will be able to operate far from the coastline. High-tech resource location hardware will enable the vessel to pinpoint high-value fish species. These vessels will stay connected with land or sea-based communication network.

The project is expected to boost investment in fish processing and value-added industries while supporting the creation of direct and indirect employment opportunities across fish processing, logistics and related sectors. Speaking to Muscat Daily , Dr Hussein al Maskati, director, development and management of Fish Resources, MoAF, said, “The programme aims to induct advanced vessels in the artisanal fishing fleet. It will not only help Omani job seekers to pursue rewarding livelihoods as fishermen but also build the capability of the fisheries sector to achieve an aggregate output of 1.3mn tonnes of fish products per annum by

Theme(s): Post Harvest Technology and Trade, Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods, Freshwater ecosystems and threats, Others, Fisheries Resources, Landing Centres, Communities and Organisations, Fisheries Development and Aquaculture, Coastal Ecosystems and Threats.

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