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TourFish

Tourism for Inshore Fishing, Food & Sustainability

What is TourFish?

TourFish is a new project created by a partnership of 6 organisations in England, France, Holland and Belgium that will raise awareness of inshore fishing and locally produced food to promote the importance of these industries to local economies and responsible tourism.

Download the TourFish publication here

How is it funded?

The partners were awarded funding by the European Union Interreg IVa ‘2 Seas’ Programme. The ‘2 Seas’ Programme provides grants to the coastal areas of the North Sea and English Channel.

What will happen?

In Phase 1 of the project the partners will hold 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 will network and participate in a range of activities all designed to inspire new opportunities for sustainable development by bringing together food, fisheries and tourism.

A concert will be held at St Mary in the Castle, a stunning venue on Hastings seafront on Sunday 22nd June. The concert will be promoted in association with Sidmouth Folk Week and will feature Steve Knightley and special guests.

Over the weekend of 21st and 22nd June, Hastings Fish Fair will see thousands of people head to Hastings seafront to sample fresh sh and locally produced food, watch cooking demonstrations, and more.

Following the TourFish conference in Hastings a project publication will be created by the partners that will make recommendations on sustainable development and responsible tourism. The publication will be distributed across the Member States of the European Union.

In Phase 2 the results from Phase 1 will be used to create pilot projects to support responsible tourism and sustainable development in coastal communities. Festivals will be held in two partner locations; Boulogne, France and Sidmouth in 2015.

Sidmouth Sea Fest will invite all TourFish partners to Sidmouth between 30th April and 3rd May 2015.

Who are the partners?

The TourFish partners are;

University of Greenwich

University of Brighton at Hastings

Flanders House of Food, Belgium

The Municipality of Midleburg, Holland

Haliotika, Le Guilvenec, Brittany, France

Sidmouth Drill Hall Hub CIC and Sidmouth Trawlers, Devon

Responsible Tourism

What do we mean by Responsible Tourism?

Responsible Tourism is about making better places for people to live in and better places for people to visit.

Mass tourism has led to many cultural and social problems across the world. Responsible tourism however tries to develop forms of tourism that maximise the benefits for local communities and visitors. These benefits need to be addressed across the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability.

Responsible Tourism encourages us to think about the links between regional produce, regional business, locality and identity.

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.

In Responsible Tourism, individuals, organisations, authorities, and businesses are asked to take responsibility for their actions.

How can Responsible Tourism make better places for people to live in and visit?

  • Through strengthening place identity
  • Creation of new economic opportunities for local people
  • Helping to value the activities of local people
  • Increasing social cohesion
  • Developing educational opportunities
  • Understanding environmental sustainability
  • Addressing issues of supply chain to maximise opportunities for Sustainable Development
  • Shortening supply chains to maintain a local ecology and economy

Sustainable Development

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’.

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