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.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 2016|
- Pollution effects
- Quality of beaches
- Sociological aspects
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