|Oman occupies a strategic position in the Indian Ocean and Gulf Region with extended coastal line of 3165 km, with clean water, the country is ideally placed geographically with excellent infrastructure, an internationally recognized tradition of fishing been an important activity for the nation for thousands of years. Currently, almost 45,000 Omanis working as fishermen. Another 10,000-12,000 work in supporting industries, in fish marketing, transport, and related services. And another 12,000 jobs will be created with the advent of the aquaculture sector in the next 20 years. Approximately 50,000-60,000 Omanis will be engaged in fishing with existing number of 18027 fiberglass boats.
A major challenge facing Oman in the 21st century is to continue to advance the science and policy base necessary to provide for development and sustainable management of this vast marine realm. There will clearly be an ongoing need for well-trained fisheries students in a range of disciplines within Oman.
|In support of fisheries sector the government approved funds of 500 million OMR ($1.3 billion) to be pumped into fisheries. Such an important contribution by the government will be pumped in the infrastructure development, such as fishing ports and fish factories. The second step will be the development of aquaculture and support facilities, i.e. Development of fishing fleet as well as human resource development through training. Last component of support is aimed at the development of value-added products and developing markets for such projects.|
|A’sharqiyah University is (ASU) a public private sector new institution of higher learning (HEI) is located in the Eastern expansion of the country. ASU has decided to add Fisheries and Marine Science Department to the existing undergraduate programs of the university. The breadth and scope of the fisheries department programs for undergraduate, teaching basic and applied aquatic sciences with an emphasis on Fisheries Management and Marine Science in a Diploma leading to an undergraduate (B.S.) degree Program. The faculty, staff and students will have access to aquatic habitats and rich biological resources of Oman through their research station at Sur; they will be involved in interdisciplinary partnerships with other academic programs, as well as public and private fisheries organizations and regulatory agencies.|
|Marine Science is an interdisciplinary/multi-disciplinary endeavor encompassing the physical, biological, some social and economic dimensions of the marine environment. The newly established Fisheries and Marine Science Department at A’Sharqiyah University will offer two levels of undergraduate courses in Fisheries and Marine Science, Diploma level that can be extended to BSc with courses in Marine Sciences, and Fisheries.|
|The number of jobs in Marine Science is increasing steadily due to economic, social and legislative factors. Fisheries and Marine Science graduates can find employment in a wide range of areas. Such as: Universities – Private Sector for example fisheries and aquaculture. Local Territorial Authorities, Regional Councils, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Ministry for the Environment, Department of Conservation.|
|Goals & objectives|
|The newly established Department of Fisheries and Marine Science at A’sharqiyah University aims to train students through advanced and systematic course work including practical on-site education to equip them with the skills and abilities to carry out active role on the conservation of the marine environment, ecosystem and the sustainable production of marine biological resources. The program offers education on fisheries and marine science; interaction between the ocean, and land; marine ecology; breeding and reproduction of marine resource organisms; and responses of marine organisms to the environment, which are the foundation of marine field science. In addition, since management of the marine environment and resources is an issue which should be resolved, students must acquire sufficient scientific communication skills and ability to conduct basic research. Thus, this Department will offer knowledge and skills necessary for: