Italian FLAGs brainstorm ways to promote fishing heritage and boost tourism
Ten Italian FLAGs from six regions along the Adriatic-Ionian basin are collaborating on a proposal for promoting tourism in fisheries areas. The Network on FLAGs of Adriatic-Ionian basin (NAIF) met in Fano, Italy, in September for the “Design Laboratory” workshop. The event provided an opportunity for the FLAGs to discuss ways promote and protect the cultural heritage linked to fisheries.
The workshop was inspired by Venetian - VeGAL FLAG’s proposals for enhancing tourism linked to fisheries, focusing on the intangible cultural heritage of the region’s fishing. One suggestion for achieving this was the creation of a documentary film to highlight the region’s rich fishing tradition. The setting would be all along the coast of the FLAG partners’ territories. Another idea was giving a fisheries theme to coastal cycling paths. This could encourage people to become “fish tourists”, finding out about and visit fishing places, coastal villages and fishing-tourist activities.
Friuli Venezia Giulia FLAG presented a proposal for an INTERREG Italy-Croatia project called “FISHERITAGE” which would enhance small fishing museums, raising awareness of the heritage of fishing professions.
Also present at the workshop event were Chioggia and the Po Delta FLAG, Emilia-Romagna Coast FLAG, Central Marche FLAG, North Marche FLAG, Pescara Coast FLAG, Blue Coast FLAG, Trabocchi Coast FLAG and Terra d'Arneo multifund LAG.