Fish export from Oman – Video



This video was filmed during a brief visit to the facility of Oman Fisheries Company (Muscat) facility in 2013.  According to FAO, 99,007 tons of fish with amount of about 142.9 million US$ of fish has been exported from Oman in 2013.

The major export destinations for Oman fishery products in general are the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) countries, the European Union markets especially for fresh fish whereas frozen fish products is exported to China and other countries in the Far East. Moreover, fishery products are exported to the Middle East countries, USA, and Japan. As expected, the demand for particular fishery products as well as its monetary value would determine the destination of finfish and crustaceans exported from Oman. For example, lobster, jumbo shrimp, and other species like amberjack and a variety of grouper species are mainly exported to the USA.

We have been told that this company processes and handles about 40% of all exported fish (30,000 tons) from Oman. Of particular importance, the establishment processes on the average about 300-400 tons of shrimp and 200 tons of tuna annually.

They key exported fish from this particular fish export establishment -in descending order- are cuttle fish (Sepia pharaonic), Indian mackeral (Restrelliger kanagurta), Arabian sea meagre (Agrirosomus heinni), Trevally (Caranx spp), Red seabream (Cheimerius nufar), Barracuda (Sphyraena sp.), grey mullet (Mugil cephalus), yellow-tail scad (Atule mate), sardine (Sardinella longiceps), and sweetlips (Plectorhinchus spp).

Being an EU approved and HACCP accredited establishment, and in order to apply the standard hygiene, the facility is furnished with blast freezers, chill rooms, flake ice makers (shown in the video), and others.

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