Iran sees increase in lanternfish fishing

Business Materials 10 March 2020 12:46 (UTC +04:00)
Iran sees increase in lanternfish fishing

TEHRAN, Iran, March 10


Iran's Fisheries Organization has announced a 33-percent increase of fish caught in the current Iranian year (started March 21,2019) said director general of the organization Mokhtar Akhondi, Trend reports via IRNA.

"Iran has caught 26,500 tons of lanternfish in Sea of Oman waters during the past eleven months," said Akhondi.

"The organization target is to increase the mentioned amount to 70,000 tons in the next two years, to comply with Iran's Development Plan (2016 – 2021)," he said.

"The Iranian Fisheries Science Research Institute studies has indicated there are 2.3 million species of lanternfish in the Sea of Oman, so the annual fishing capacity is about 300,000 tons," he said.

"The increase of lanternfish is expected to improve the fishing activities at the Makran coast, creating jobs for locals and reducing dependency on importing fish powder and reduce import," he added.

"Lantern fish are valuable reserve in Sea of Oman and can play important role in development of Iran's fishery sector," he added.