Good Practice Short Story
A €62,933 investment in free WiFi provides a much-needed communication channel for fishermen while they are in the harbours. On-line communication is also key to presenting interesting stories, activities and local business information to visitors, through mobile devices.
The project developed a Heritage Trail, showcasing their region’s rich history and telling the stories of the local fisheries communities. New information displays and panels were installed throughout the fishing towns and along the trail.
The visitor experience is further brought to life thanks to the creation of mobile apps that give additional information and real-time news feeds. In addition, free WiFi hotspots were placed in strategic locations to give visitors access to these apps.
To accompany the trail, fishermen and harbourmasters were photographed and interviewed to make a Fishing Heritage booklet, giving a better understanding of the harbour and making the ports and people more accessible. The booklet complements a FLAG-funded video produced by Seafish celebrating the Northern Ireland Seafood Industry.
Accredited training courses were also held in each of the fishing communities. Over thirty people became qualified ambassadors of their area, building a network of Maritime Heritage Guides across County Down. Some have already put their new skills to good use by giving guided tours on the area’s heritage and fishing traditions and activities.
With the help of the FLAG, the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership (SLLP) and the Northern Ireland Fishery Harbour Authority (NIFHA), the county was enhanced as a tourist destination, attracting visitors to the ports and their communities and even reconnecting the locals with their harbour.
FLAG supporting the project: Northern Ireland South East Area FLAG (UK13 - 2007-2013)
Lead/Coordinating organisation: Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership
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|Timeframe of implementation||From Sep 2014 to Aug 2015|