The First GCC Marine Biotechnology Symposium: Emerging Opportunities and Future Perspectives

Stephen Goddard*, Madjid Delghandi, Sergey Dobretsov, Hamed Al-Oufi, Saoud Al-Habsi, J. Grant Burgess

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With its diverse, living marine resources and rapidly growing educational and research infrastructure, the Sultanate of Oman is well-positioned to take advantage of the commercial opportunities presented by marine biotechnology. In recognition of potential development, an international symposium, Marine Biotechnology—Emerging Opportunities and Future Perspectives, was held in Muscat, November 12–13, 2013. Three keynote addresses were given, 23 oral presentations made, and a poster exhibition held. The final session reviewed national and regional issues, and the delegates agreed informally on a number of future actions. The potential for future development of marine biotechnology was recognized by all delegates, and following the symposium, they were surveyed for their views on how best to sustain and develop new activities. One hundred percent of respondents found the meeting useful and would support future symposia in the region. Fifty-one percent of Omani respondents recognized major organizational challenges and obstacles to the development of marine biotechnology compared with 23 % of overseas respondents. The need for greater collaboration between research institutions within the GCC region was recognized by 98 % of all respondents. The presentations and survey outcomes are reviewed in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-289
Number of pages5
JournalMarine Biotechnology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2015


  • Aquaculture
  • Biodiversity
  • Biofouling
  • Marine biotechnology
  • Marine natural products
  • Marine policy
  • Oman

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Aquatic Science


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