Pescatourism merges tourism with fisheries. It provides supplementary incomes to fishermen and their families in the current context of declining resources and overexploitation and provides an attractive activity for tourists. It also contributes to the education of the society and public awareness on issues related to the fishing activity, including conservation and culture.
This study provides an overview of pescatourism and related activities in European countries (Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Germany), with additional examples from elsewhere, while analysing chances to implement this activity in other countries (Turkey, Algeria, Poland).
It is highlighted that, based on some of the reviewed examples, pescatourism may not only benefit coastal communities (fishermen) and tourism, but local authorities and self-governments as well by giving supplementary use to local infrastructure and resources. In a wider sense, the social benefits of this activity, related to the knowledge of traditional fisheries, ecosystem conservation and culture, are noted.
In relation to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), the authors mention the possibility of implementing pescatourism to reduce the short-term costs related to MPA's fisheries closure, allowing to diversify the economical incomes of fishers.
Piasecki W, Głąbiński Z, Francour P, Koper P, Saba G, Molina García A, Ünal V, Karachle PK, Lepetit A, Tservenis R, Kizilkaya Z, Stergiou KI (2016) Pescatourism-A European review and perspective. Acta Ichthyolgica et Piscatoria 46: 325-350