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Cooperation on fisheries diversification in Poland

Two Polish FLAGs, Slowinska and North Kaszuby, are working together on a cooperation project on “Diversifying fisheries activities and promoting good practices”. The first step of the project was a conference organised in Wladyslawowo, with participants from the two partner FLAGs, as well as from some Swedish and Estonian groups. The second stage involved a study visit to Finland to get acquainted with FLAG activities there, and the kinds of support being offered to fishermen. There was also an interesting exchange about challenges facing the fisheries sector in Poland and Finland, as well as visits to some local projects.

This initiative has led to the publication of a brochure presenting diversification good practices in European fisheries areas.(PL) 

The third phase of the project involved a training workshop in Jaroslawiec (27 September 2012), on the legal and economic aspects of diversification, with a special emphasis on pescatourism (inspired by the FARNET publications). Based on diversification examples from several countries, the participants discussed how similar projects could be implemented in their areas. The discussion was stimulated by Dr Zbigniew Glabinski, chairman of the West-Pomeranian Chamber of Tourism, who presented some simple ways to develop the economic potential of  tourism.

The training ended with a presentation by Ms Gianna Saba, a pescatourism specialist from Italy, and a representative of the Pescatour Association of Sardinia (contact with her was established via the FSU thanks to the support of the Italian Managing Authority). She described the legal framework through which fishermen in Italy can diversify their activity, shared her experience of ittiturismo and explained how this form of pescatourism could be developed in Poland, as it is carried out on land. Ms Saba explained that since the Polish law does not allow fishermen to take tourists on board their vessels, ittiturismo would cover activities such as receiving visitors in traditional fishermen houses, promoting regional gastronomy and other fishing-related activities. Her presentation was illustrated by some impressive photos.