Tourism for Inshore Fishing, Food & Sustainability. Click to visit the website – TourFish
Download the TourFish Phase 1 publication TourFish Publication Final
Download the TourFish Phase 2 Executive Summary TourFish-Responsible-Tourism-Guide-Executive-Summary_ENG
View and download the ‘TourFish: Responsible Tourism A Guide for Tourism and Sustainability in Inshore Fishing and Agri-Food’ full pdf version here TourFish Responsible Tourism A Guide Full Version
Download the iBooks version of the TourFish: Responsible Tourism Guide here TourFish: RT Guide for iBooks
Evidence Base Report
Join us at Kennaway House in Sidmouth on Wednesday 9th March 2016 from 7.00pm when we will be publishing the TourFish EU project report in full as part of Sidmouth Climate Week including the Economic Evidence report.
The event, entitled ‘TourFish: Making Coastal Communities Resilient’, will look at how the TourFish project promoted Responsible Tourism and Blue Economic Growth and worked with partners from coastal areas of Holland, Belgium, France and England led by the University of Greenwich to assess the decline of inshore fishing and diversification in coastal economies. Sidmouth Drill Hall Hub CIC will be joined by Devon Maritime Forum and via video link up to the New Economics Foundation.
What is TourFish?
TourFish is a project created by a partnership of 6 organisations in England, France, Holland and Belgium led by the University of Greenwich that raises awareness of inshore fishing and locally produced food to promote the importance of these industries to local economies and responsible tourism.
How is it funded?
The partners were awarded €600,000 European Union ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) funding via the Interreg IVa ‘2 Seas’ Programme. The ‘2 Seas’ Programme provides grants to the coastal areas of the North Sea and English Channel.
TourFish is part of the ‘2 Seas’ ‘Thematic Cluster’ advocacy programme that funds projects at 100% of project spend.
What will happen?
In Phase 1 of the project the partners held a conference in Hastings on 23rd and 24th June 2014. Packed with demonstrations, exhibitions and interactive thematic conference sessions producers (farmers and fishers), tourism professionals and providers, policymakers, academics, planners and educationalists from France, Belgium, Netherlands and the UK networked and participated in a range of activities designed to inspire new opportunities for sustainable development by bringing together food, fisheries and tourism.
A concert was held at St Mary in the Castle, a stunning venue on Hastings seafront on Sunday 22nd June, featuring Steve Knightley and Louis Aguilar from France. The concert was promoted in association with Sidmouth Folk Week.
Over the weekend of 21st and 22nd June, Hastings Fish Fair saw thousands of people head to Hastings seafront to sample fresh fish and locally produced food, watch cooking demonstrations, and more.
Following the TourFish conference in Hastings a project publication was created by the partners that makes recommendations on sustainable development and responsible tourism. The publication continues to be distributed across the Member States of the European Union.
In Phase 2 the results from Phase 1 were used to create pilot projects to support Responsible Tourism and sustainable development in coastal communities. Festivals, events, research and reports were held and carried out including the Arnemuiden Fishermen’s Sweaters Knitting Project and Exhibition with Sidmouth. Sidmouth Sea Fest 2015 is part of TourFish phase 2.
Who are the partners?
The TourFish partners are;
University of Greenwich
University of Brighton at Hastings
Flanders House of Food, Belgium
Gemeente (Municipality) Middelburg, Holland
Sidmouth Trawlers, Devon
Sidmouth Drill Hall Hub CIC
Haliotika, Le Guilvinec, Brittany, France
Nausicaa Maritime Centre, France
Through Responsible Tourism people can gain more meaningful experiences in their engagement with local places i.e. it increases the quality of the visit while enhancing the circumstances for local people.
What do we mean by Sustainable Development?
Sustainable Development is ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’.
Sustainable Development recognises that we live on a finite planet. It acknowledges a desirable future state for human societies in which living conditions and the use of resources meet human needs without undermining natural systems and the environment, so that future generations may also have their needs met.
Sustainable Development encourages collective responsibility for the social and economic challenges faced by humanity.
Why is Sustainable Development in Coastal Communities?
Sustainable Development encourages us to think about the links between regional produce, locality and identity.
It is important to understand the role of inshore fisheries and food as part of the social and cultural regeneration of coastal communities. Unless this importance is widely understood there is a danger that many social and economic opportunities will be lost if fishing disappears from coastal towns along the Channel and Southern North Sea. There is untapped market potential for developing synergies between inshore fisheries, food, tourism and regeneration. However, if this is to be realised in a way that is socially, culturally and environmentally sensitive then development must proceed ‘responsibly’.