A group of three United States companies in conducting a deep-water survey of the Gulf of Oman, as part of a programme to enlarge and modernise the fishing industry of the Sultanate of Oman.
GV Oman fishermen returning to port in traditional boats (2 shots)
GV Fishermen with tuna fish catch (3 shots)
GV Fishermen with their boats lined up
GV Fishing ship Darbat at sea (2)
TV Men prepare fishing nets (2)
CU Winch in motion
GV Fishing nets into water and trailing (3 shots)
Darbat under way and crew member (2)
TV Men prepare to wind in nets
SV PAN Winding in nets and singing (4 shots)
SV Nets out of water
SV Men stack nets as they are lowered (2 shots)
LV Men stacking nets (2 shots)
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Background: A group of three United States companies in conducting a deep-water survey of the Gulf of Oman, as part of a programme to enlarge and modernise the fishing industry of the Sultanate of Oman.
The companies signed a $3,000,000 U.S. (GBP 1,240,000 sterling) agreement with Sultan Qabas bin Said in March this year. They will assess Whether there are commercial quantities of fish in the Gulf, and train Omani fishermen to use modern boats and fishing gear. The one-year survey of the Gulf will finish in March, 1974, while the training of Omani fishermen will continue for a year after that.
The deep-water survey and the training programme are being carried out from a modern fishing vessel, the Darbat, which was built in Peru for the Sultan for about 40,000 dollars U.S. (GBP 16,000 sterling). It's the most up-to-date fishing vessel in the Gulf, and is capable of catching more fish in one haul than a dozen of the traditional omani fishing boats put together. The Darbat can deep-freeze 80 tons of fish at a time.
The first group of 12 Omani fisherman to be trained under the pilot scheme have spent eight months aboard the Darbat. They've been working as crew members and studying the vessel's modern equipment which includes radar, depth sounders, and a gyroscope fish-finder.
The survey of the Gulf will include statistics about coastal villages, markets, the efficiency present equipment and boats, as well as statistics on the quantities of fish in the Gulf.
The results of the survey, and recommendations on the future of the Omani fishing industry, will be reported to the Sultan early in 1975. If the survey shows there are commercial quantities of fish in the Gulf, a processing plant will be established at the fishing community of Sohar to handle the catches.