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