Natural Resources

Volume 7, Issue 5 (May 2016)

ISSN Print: 2158-706X   ISSN Online: 2158-7086

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Stakeholders’ Views on Management Arrangements: A Case of Kingfish Fishery in the Sultanate of Oman

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DOI: 10.4236/nr.2016.75022    1,801 Downloads   2,235 Views   Citations

ABSTRACT

This paper exemplifies a primary step towards eliciting primary and secondary stakeholders’ views on management issues pertaining to kingfish fishery in Oman, and potential options for effective management of the fishery using questionnaire surveys and focus group interviews. There was consensus from stakeholder groups which included fishers, fishery managers, and fishery scientists that the current stock condition is not biologically sustainable. It is found that fishing effort control and technical measures are preferred to catch control by both groups. The role of mass media and the traditional institution in communicating fisheries issues are found to be relatively minor. Although the overall rating on the comprehensiveness of the proposed plan is promising, there are significant differences between the two groups with regard to legislative arrangements (χ2 = 24.793, p-value = 0.000), management goals (χ2 = 16.206, p-value = 0.001), operational objectives (χ2 = 19.884, p-value = 0.000), performance indicators (χ2 = 15.524, p-value = 0.001), and measures (χ2 = 13.483, p-value = 0.004). Policy implications of the key findings are discussed in both national and regional contexts. Management authorities can use these findings to design an appropriate plan of actions for achieving sustainability in this fishery.

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Al-Balushi, A. , Bose, S. and Govender, A. (2016) Stakeholders’ Views on Management Arrangements: A Case of Kingfish Fishery in the Sultanate of Oman. Natural Resources, 7, 251-264. doi: 10.4236/nr.2016.75022.

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