Muscat: The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources confirmed that it is has been monitoring the fish markets in various governorates of the Sultanate of Oman to ensure the availability of fish products.

The Sultanate of Oman was affected by air depression which lead to shortage in fish landings in local markets.

In a clarification issued by the ministry, it was said that the shortage of some types of fish in the market and their high prices resulted in Oman being affected by several days of rainy winter weather conditions and high sea waves which prevented the fishermen from going out to the sea causing a decrease in the quantities of fish in some areas along the Omani coasts.

The ministry pointed out that there is a diversity in the supply of different fish, with the exception of large pelagic fish, such as: gizzard and al-Sahwa, whose fishing operations were affected by the climatic condition, and their targeting areas become far from the coastal strip.

The Ministry confirmed that the central wholesale market for fish plays a role in maintaining the stability of the internal markets by increasing the quantities shipped.

The Ministry added, in coordination with fish companies and factories, the ministry contributes to compensating for the temporary shortage of supply in the affected fish markets, stressing its continued follow-up of the situation in the fish markets and taking all necessary measures to ensure the stability of the markets during the period of weather conditions.

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