This August began the season of squid fishing in the Sultanate, which extends from the beginning of August to the end of January next year. Fishermen started last Friday ( The first of August ) in South Sharqyia , Wosta and in other states in Dhofar.
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, represented by the Directorates in Dhofar , South Sharqyia , Wosta have completed preparations to grant success in this season which is important economically for fishermen. Efforts of awareness and media have been oriented to fishermen to introduce them the period season , tools and equipment allowed in the fishing and how to avoid violations. Monitoring also has been activated during the season in cooperation with fishermen in order to maintain this wealth, sustainability and protection from depletion. Also maintain the environment from contamination .
The fishermen emphasized on the importance of this season economically that increases their income and they mentioned some difficulties they face during the current season such as weather factors , high waves and increased temperatures.
The squid is locally known as (Algtro) which are group of molluscs live in diverse environments. Some kinds are benthic and exist in the coral reefs , sea grass flats, sandy, mud and rock environments. Other types are semi-benthic or superficial and exist along the coastline from the south Sharqiya and Wosta to some states of Dhofar. The squid is seasonal wealth which provides a sustenance for many families. Most of the coastal villages fishermen in the three provinces are going fishing to provide market needs and for its nutritional value.
Squid is major source of protein and is a healthy food for the lack of fat and prevent many diseases. Called squid because of producing inky material from its body secreted during the defense of himself in danger to disguise which allowing it to escape from enemies or even from the fishermen's nets. Squid production is exported to many Asian, European and other countries of the world for high nutritional value and the need of foreign market for food industry.