MUSCAT: An agreement to fund the construction of an artificial coral reef in Sur was signed between the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) and the Oman India Fertiliser Company (Omifco) recently.
H E Dr Hamad bin Said bin Suleiman al Aufi, Undersecretary in MoAF and Eng Hamad bin Hamoud al Hashmi, general manager of Omifco, signed the agreement.
Omifco will fund the artificial coral reef, that will boost marine life, increase fish stock, and support fishermen in the wilayat.
H E Aufi said, “This agreement is an embodiment of cooperation between the public and private sectors to develop and improve the fisheries sector in the sultanate. This partnership began a long time ago.”
He further said that the ministry is working to create an appropriate environment along the coast for fish varieties to thrive.
“The ministry has made significant progress in the construction of a large artificial coral reef in the wilayat of Suwaiq, North Batinah governorate. The first phase has already begun,” he added.
Eng Hashmi said the company had a long-term partnership with MoAF. The agreement to fund the artificial coral reef falls within Omifco’s corporate social responsibility, he said.
SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY