Aquaculture in the sultanate of Oman
Edattukaran, Margaret P.
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This thesis is a story of Oman. It will lightly touch the rich fabric of Oman's history. It will chart through some of Oman's modernization as a cohesive Arab state into the new era under the reign of Sultan Qaboos bin Said. The thesis will emphasize Oman's potential as a young entrepreneur, and discuss the pathways and decisions made over the last two decades bringing Oman to the forefront of economic progress and social development while maintaining its cultural heritage. As Oman continues to look for revenue sources other than oil through industrialization, the thesis will focus on Oman's Fisheries industry and discuss the gradual depletion of its marine food resources--a consequence of over-fishing. The thesis will debate whether an aquaculture industry is the next step up from Oman's Fisheries sector and can Oman used the development of its aquaculture sector to increase its revenues. The analysis of an aquaculture sector for Oman will involve evaluating the economic, scientific, environmental and ecological factors dictating the success of entering this industry. It will focus on aquaculture of shrimp and the reasons why Oman would consider using this species to develop its aquaculture sector. The thesis will lay out various approaches to practicing sustainable aquaculture and focus on three potential options to develop the aquaculture sector. This section will canvass the critical factors that should drive the decision making process in selecting the optimal aquaculture approach that will yield Oman the revenue sources it seeks while minimizing any damage to the environment. The three choices are developed with an across the border measuring device with which Oman can evaluate the socio-economical and ecological pros and cons of selecting any of the three options.
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