NEtworking for the development of maritime tOurism at EUSAIR level

PRESENTATION OF THE PROJECT

Fisheries diversification represents an opportunity for fishermen in order to differentiate their incomes, improve local livelihoods, ameliorate the declining profitability and employment, promote and valorise their profession and socio-cultural heritage and enhance a sustainable use of marine ecosystems. NEMO project develops an overview about fisheries related tourism in Adriatic and Ionian Regions that could give a contribution to the Mediterranean overall integrated maritime policy, to coastal and sustainable tourism development protecting at the same time environament and biodiversity.

MAIN MESSAGES

  • Establishment of a permanent and multilevel dialogue between all key stakeholders (policy, academia and fisheries and tourism entrepreneurs) involved in maritime governance at local, regional, national and transnational levels to overcome the reciprocal lack in knowledge, to favor their access to innovation, to develop human capital, to drive and apply new competences, and to stimulate cooperation and clustering;
  • Establishment and application of a common and jointly defined methodology to collect, benchmark and elaborate data and information in the view of periodically monitoring fisheries related tourism state of play and address policy and measures
  • Target orientated training and mentoring actions to create and increase fishermen entrepreneurial and innovation skills;
  • Unique selling proposition to increase the attractiveness of Adriatic-Ionian Coastal communities by valorizing the endogenous resources linked to fisheries traditions and setting up tailored-made tourism packages for different targets to reduce seasonality (e.g. schools, senior targets, etc.);
  • Inclusion of transnational tourism itineraries linked to fisheries activities into the Tourism regional & national programs implantation plans;
  • A fisherman-centered approach as keeper of maritime culture and traditions and steward of sea resources.

KEY DELIVERABLE

  • DATABASE ON FISHERIES RELATED TOURISM AT EUSAIR LEVEL, ALLOWING DATA COMPARISON AND ELABORATION AT MEDITERRANEAN LEVEL (AVAILABLE HERE) Detection of gaps and obstacles hindering sustainable development, the opportunities offered by fisheries related tourism, the identification and benchmarking of best practices of transnational value at A-I coastal community level. Foresight SWOT analysis, catalyzing future intelligence, creation of medium or long-term visions on present decisions to address a coordinating joint actions process for the sustainable development of fisheries-related tourism in EUSAIR regions.
  • ESTABLISHMENT OF A PERMANENT TRANSNATIONAL INFORMATION NETWORK ON FISHERIES RELATED TOURISM DEVELOPMENT Data and information collection and sharing, fostering of cooperation between institutions, academia and entrepreneurial levels dealing with fisheries related tourism in A-I countries. Its aim is to commonly address policy, technical and socio-economic actions in a long-term vision, to overcome the reciprocal lack of knowledge, to favor their access to innovation, to develop human capital, to drive and apply new competences, and to stimulate cooperation. The network has been formalized in the EUSAIR strategic Action Plan to ensure results capitalization and follow-up of the NEMO project.
  • FORESIGHT STUDIES IDENTIFYING FISHERIES-RELATED TOURISM DEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL AT EUSAIR LEVEL (AVAILABLE HERE)Constructively bring awareness of long-term challenges and opportunities of fisheries related tourism into more immediate decision-making. Provide roadmaps and valuable inputs to strategy and policy planning in regions, as well as to the mobilization of collective strategic and technical actions to be proposed in the EUSAIR Strategic Plan, linking fishing activities to territorial features, potential and vocation.
  • STRATEGIC ADRIATIC AND IONIAN ACTION PLAN Concrete inputs fostering an integrated marine/maritime approach. Concrete inputs for new cooperation projects and ToRs 2014-2020, for the EUSAIR Strategy (particularly I-IV pillars), and for the A-I Sea Maritime Strategy. Mobilization of the most relevant actors for the sustainable development and competitiveness of coastal communities through Maritime tourism and the Fisheries-related tourism segment, providing direct linkage to the EUSAIR Strategic Plan. Identification of a set of operational actions of transnational value to concretely support fisheries-related tourism development at institutional, technical and socio-economic levels.

TECHNICALS HINTS

  • The mapping and monitoring of methodologies to harmonize regional information collection and elaboration;
  • Peer learning within institutions in charge of fisheries diversification policies development;
  • FLAGs approach and best practices transfer towards non-EU countries, and capitalization towards cohesion for the whole of the Mediterranean sub-region;
  • The promotion of fisheries-related tourism strong community groups clustering to increase visibility and strengthen the impacts;
  • Cooperation projects development in the framework of the EMFF dealing with income diversification and sustainable resources exploitation.

GOVERNANCE HINTS

  • Transnational pilot projects on fisheries related tourism to set-up a unique selling proposition and tourism offer in the Adriatic-Ionian area;
  • The maximization of funds gathering at territorial level;
  • A critical review of existing legislative framework at regional and national level to propose amendments and simplification in order to foster fishermen income diversification;
  • The inclusion of the NEMO Adriatic-Ionian Plan actions into the EUSAIR Strategic Plan.

SYNERGIES WITH OTHER PROJECTS

  • Capitalization of previous and ongoing cooperation projects findings (MAREMED, FISHINMED, R.E.A.D.Y. MED. FISH, ONMEST 2, DeFishGear, ECOSEA), which underline the benefit of fisheries activities diversification and the tourism potential at Mediterranean and Adriatic/Ionian level.
  • Several benefit for fishery and for tourism development emerged when is possible to combine more services such as trips with professional boats along the coast, attendance and participation in the fishing activities, presentation of the most typical and traditional fishing methods and tools, meals on board or ashore demonstration of the preparation method of traditional recipes with fish and seafood, providing information on the important marine resources and the marine environment.