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Greener Journal of  Agricultural Sciences Vol. 3 (5), pp. 341-354, May 2013.

 ISSN: 2276-7770 © 2011 Greener Journals

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 030413510


Involvement of Fishermen in Fisheries

Co-management in Oman


Manaa Saif Alhabsi


Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Wealth, P O Box 427, PC 100,Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.


Email: manaasaif @ yahoo. com


Fisheries management in Oman faces many challenges due to the current management. There are conflicts among fishermen in using different fishing gears and fishing in the same grounds. Also, the government does not consider the fishermen in setting the policies of fisheries management. In addition, there is unrestricted access to new technologies to the sector and insufficient management of the fisheries resource. This study is based on a survey covered 376 respondents in Oman. Fishermen and non fishermen were targeted and selected randomly. The study aimed to investigate their opinions on the present fisheries management and their opinion on the implementation of Co-management. The figures showed that 32% of fishermen disagreed, while 43.3% of non fishermen undecided on the performance of present fisheries management. However, 33.2% of fishermen and 35% of non fishermen strongly agreed and undecided respectively on the introduction of fisheries co-management. These findings disclose the need to review of the present fisheries management policies and involve the fishermen in the management. This attitude will lead to improve the fisheries management in general and will improve the socioeconomic conditions of fishermen.
 Key words: Fisheries management; Sea code (Senat Al-Bahar); Co-management; Overfishing.

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