More progress and information on pesca-tourism
Cyprus now has legislation covering pesca-tourism. This provides a legal framework for fishermen to undertake the activity, which can be a valuable way to diversify their work. Rules outlining operational procedures, such as passenger safety requirements, were released in May by the country’s Shipping Authority.
Some Cypriot fishermen have long expressed an interest in learning more about pesca-tourism. To meet that need, Larnaca and Famagusta FLAG (CY) ran a certified training programme for 35 fishermen, that included learning about how to engage in direct sales and pesca-tourism. Participants were able to go on a study trip to Crete and meet with fishermen there that already have experience of operating in pesca-tourism.
Pesca-tourism, also known as “sustainable fishing tourism”, is an increasingly popular activity around the world. Not only is it an alternative income stream for fishermen, pesca-tourism should reduce the intensity of fishing activities, contribute to the sustainable management of fishery resources, and promote the cultural heritage of artisanal fishing. EMFF money is available for developing pesca-tourism and FLAGs are on hand to help develop projects and secure funding. One whole issue of the FARNET magazine is dedicated to fisheries and tourism. This year Spain has also joined those countries, such as Italy, France and Greece, with designated legislation allowing fishermen to undertake pesca-tourism.
The WWF Mediterranean Marine Initiative has recently created some great resources for information on pesca-tourism including a three minute animation explaining the three principles of sustainable fishing tourism; a webpage; and a series of five shorts videos promoting a publication made up of practical case studies and recommendations.