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Weekly Overview: Oman Aquaculture Projects to Boost Production to 7,330 Tonnes

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ANALYSIS - Aquaculture production in Oman is set to rise from 353 tonnes to 7,330 tonnes annually thanks to three new projects, writes Lucy Towers, TheFishSite Editor.

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The Muscat Daily newspaper reported that the projects will create an a abalone and grouper fish farming project in the niyabat of Sharbathat in the wilayat of Shaleem and Al Halaniyat Islands in Dhofar and an integrated shrimp and sea cucumber farm and township in Qurun in Ras Jibsh, South Sharqiyah.

The three projects are valued at RO66 million (Omani Rial) and will create over 800 jobs.

The EU is to place a ban on fish and fisheries products from Sri Lanka following the failure of the country to tackle illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.

The import ban aims to stop the commercial benefits stemming from illegal fishing activities in the country, it will also mean that EU member states’ fishing vessels cannot fish in Sri Lankan waters.

Sri Lanka had previously been warned by the European Commission and given a ‘yellow card’ in November 2012. Due to inaction on this warning, the EC has now placed Sri Lanka on the 'red card' list.

In Jamaica, the Government is working with Japan to explore the development of pharmaceuticals from fish trimmings.

“As part of the value-added components to the fishing industry, where we gut fish daily, and trimmings are thrown by and large to waste, we see partnership from Japan, to explore if there are pharmaceutical benefits to be derived from the hundreds of kilograms of trimmings in the fishing industry,” said Minister of State for Agriculture, Labour, and Social Security, Luther Buchanan.

Scottish fishermen are to benefit from a new App developed with help from the oil and gas industry.

The FishSAFE Companion App aims to help make life safer for North Sea fishermen as it will give information about oil and gas equipment on the sea bed and surface – ranging from platforms to subsea pipelines - so fishermen can better understand what the object is.