Fishing-rods, not Fish

Fishing, a traditional industry in Oman for centuries, remains the largest source of employment and income for up to 70 per cent of the working men of in Sur. Blessed with rich and fertile fishing grounds, traditional fishing methods have sustained these communities. Today, however, their livelihoods are threatened by more efficient fishing methods and stock depletion due to over-fishing by large trawling vessels. Oman LNG’s first step was to commission a feasibility study to identify sustainable and commercially viable options, This was followed by the introduction of artificial coral reefs in key areas, the upgrading of fishing harbours and facilities to improve safety, access and equipment care and working more closely with the many diverse and very independently minded fishermen to encourage and support cooperation and sustainable enterprise.