A big initiative will be happening later this month along the coast:
Futures Forum: Tourfish
Here's an excellent overview from the Sidmouth Drill Hall website:
TourFish | Sidmouth Drill Hall
Working with the University of Greenwich:
How can agro-food, fisheries and tourism work together to deliver new opportunities for sustainable development along the coast and in our towns and countryside?
University of Greenwich | Food, Fisheries and Tourism
Geography of Inshore Fishing and Sustainability (Hastings Case Study) | Ecosystems Knowledge Network
With the second day of the conference being led by Sidmouth Trawlers:
Tuesday - Conference Day Two - St Mary in the Castle
Fish, Food and Festivals: Responsible tourism and fishing-led community regeneration - led by Sidmouth Trawlers, Hastings Fishermen's Protection Society and University of Brighton
Join us as we share lessons learnt about the hard won successes of two very different fishing communities using their heritage and contemporary fishing fleet identity to act as a catalyst for community led regeneration. Common to both of these remarkable stories is the use of the cultural traditions tied into their landscape and livelihoods by the fishers and the communities around them to forge a unique responsible tourism offer around fish, food and festivals.
Learn about their different routes to industry empowerment and activism and the creative ways in which their stories, knowledge and skills are being re-connected and so re-valued by a new generation of visitors and residents. We want to showcase to you how through adopting approaches proudly grounded in the fishing community the link between an emerging responsible tourism market and community led regeneration can help to protect the livelihoods, unique place based identity, social cohesion, sense of purpose and traditions of our coastal communities.
The session will involve an introduction to each case study by a panel of community stakeholders and will be followed by what we know will be a lively and insightful Q&A session where we will invite you to be part of the audience wide discussion around how these models might apply to your industry and contribute to your community.
This session is particularly valuable for:
Fishers, farmers and agri-food producers to learn about how responsible tourism can be part of your community strategy to secure your livelihood.
Tourism and marketing professionals will learn about how they might work with community led regeneration projects to develop the emerging responsible tourism market and so achieve sustainable economic renewal.
NGOs and civil society groups will have valuable experience of achieving societal change through bottom up local community models that share many of the principles of this approach to community led regeneration and responsible tourism, thus creating the opportunity for mutual exchange of lessons learnt.
Social and economic policy practitioners can see first hand how fisheries inspired responsible tourism can be a catalyst for social and economic regeneration.
University of Greenwich | Programme and Activities
Other partners include:
2 Mers Seas Zeeën
TourFish | Greenwich Maritime Institute