A study of beach use and perceptions of people towards better Management in Oman

B. S. Choudri, Mahad Baawain, Ahmed Al-Sidairi, Hamed Al-Nadabi, Khalifa Al-Zeidi

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Abstract

This study aimed to evaluate the quality of beaches in the Al-Suwaiq Wilayat (administrative zone) of Al-Batinah North in Sultanate of Oman to identify beach user’s priorities, concerns and preferences with regard to their beach use and visit in the area. Questionnaire survey was undertaken across 109 households using random sampling method in the Wilayat. Number of questions asked to respondents about beach use, concerns as well as perceptions of environmental quality. In general, results of survey indicated that beach users seem to satisfy with their recreational experience but there is a dissatisfaction with regard to provision of services and public would like to see improvement of beaches in the area. Besides this, there is an indication of disturbances caused to beach environment by stray animals, litter pollution and coastal erosion in some parts along the coast of Al-Suwaiq Wilayat. Therefore, actions towards beach management needs to be considered to improve the quality and increase beach users’ satisfaction. Users are concerned with environmental degradation and natural values of beaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1327-1333
Number of pages7
JournalIndian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences
Volume45
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2016

Keywords

  • Environment
  • Management
  • Oman
  • Perceptions
  • Pollution effects
  • Quality of beaches
  • Sociological aspects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography

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