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  • This paper discusses the development of a Marine Sector Strategy for Qeshm Island for the Qeshm Free Area Authority (QFA). Qeshm Island is an Iranian island, a Free Trade Zone near the entrance of the Persian Gulf in the Straits of Hormuz. The long-term strategy of QFA is to develop Qeshm as Iran’s leading centre for Marine activities. The Marine Sector Strategy has been developed with this long-term vision in mind and the scope of work and implementation strategies work towards this long-term goal. The Scope of Work provided for the strategy to cover all marine related activities including commercial and recreational fishery development and management; measurement and monitoring of marine resources, development of rules and regulations for fisheries management; post catch and downstream processing; marketing strategies; aquaculture and marine park development, and their impacts on the marine ecosystem. The study identifies interaction between marine sector users and with other sectors, infrastructure requirements and the impacts of the Qeshm marine sector on Iran and regionally. The paper presents findings from the study, the results of the analysis of potential for fisheries development and enhancement of management practises in the context of a planned marine sector in the discrete coastal and marine environment of Qeshm Island. The paper will present conclusions on the benefits of spatial planning within the marine sector and across other sectors of the Qeshm Island economy. It will also address the specific issues of fishing and the environment.
  • KEYWORDS: Marine Sector, Strategy, Planning, Fishery Development
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  • Shallard, Bruce. 2006. Development of a Marine Strategy for Qeshm Island. In: Proceedings of the Thirteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 11-14, 2006, Portsmouth, UK: Rebuilding Fisheries in an Uncertain Environment. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2006. CD ROM. ISBN 0-9763432-3-1
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  • The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Marine Fisheries Service, United States Department of Commerce (NOAA Fisheries); United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA); The United States Agency for International Development supported Aquaculture Collaborative Research and Support Program (ACRSP).
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