Fishery sector in Oman currently contributes $3-4.5 billion per annum to the economy
The Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries in Oman has announced that a tender for the development of the country’s largest fishery harbour will be issued soon, reports the Muscat Daily.
The tender worth $259 million is set to be floated by the Special Economic Zone Authority of Duqm.
“We are in an advanced stage of floating the tender, and it could happen very soon. Being the largest fishing harbour in the sultanate the project will be a complete hub for fishing activities in Oman,” says Dr Fuad al Sajwani, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries.
The scope of the project includes a fishing harbour with facilities to accommodate small and medium sized boats, retail and wholesale export markets, a fish processing industry, a training centre, a marine research centre and an international standard quality assurance centre for fresh and processed fish exports.
With the fisheries sector contributing $3 billion to $4.5 billion per annum to the economy, Sajwani also mentioned that Oman will have 31 fishery harbours by the end of 2020.
“We have a number of harbours under construction. These are spread throughout the country. Some are undergoing construction, while some are in the stage of tendering and design,” he added.