600 Arrested in Crackdown on Illegal Fishing in Oman

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Since October this year, more than 600 expats have been arrested for violating the Omani Marine Law and for utilizing banned instruments for fishing. 

With regards to Omani Labor Law those captured have been referred to concerned authorities and will not be permitted to go fishing in Omani waters again in future.


The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has plans to step up its inspection of boats which use banned fishing nets that debilitate marine life and risk endeavors toward sustainable fishing. As a major aspect of the inspection more than 100 boats and 200 banned nets have been seized in Duqm, Masirah, Mahoot, Jalan and different spots. 

The ministry has asked fishermen, citizens and sailors to follow the marine law in a bid to safeguard marine resources. They encouraged individuals to report any suspicious action through the hotline of the Maritime Security Center 1999 or 24322999; or message them through WhatsApp on 91400430. 

Only Omanis have the right to acquire fishing licenses albeit many expatriates illegally work in the industries. These illegal fishermen can be punished with a three months prison term and must pay a hefty fine in case they are caught.