Activity 3.1

Activity 3.1 - Develop a Peer Learning Network for fishing tourism in the Baltic Proper

Activity leader

Maritime Institute in Gdansk

Contact: Marcin Kalinowski mkalinow@im.gda.pl

Description

The key focus of this activity is to develop a Peer Learning Network (PLN) for fishing tourism in the Baltic Proper and organise national and pan-Baltic meetings.

 

The PLN will constitute a dialogue platform to foster multi-sectoral and multi-level dialogue on management and policy-making. The 1st task will be to analyse and advise decision makers on administrative issues. In particular, the network would analyse and advise on opportunities and preconditions for development of the fishing tourism economy (e.g. competing economic interests, legislation, traditional practices).

In the passed there have been problems with different kind of permits associated to fishing tourism and guides that using boats in their business. EU regulations state that commercial use of boats demands special education and certificate. The incorporation of these regulations in national legislation have created disagreement between entrepreneurs, legal authorities and coast guards about what rules that actuality applies. There are also other areas where the regulations are hard to apply on fishing tourism business and there is need to clarify and establish common interpretations in different countries and regions. Finally, to establish a sustainable coastal fishery for seatrout there is a need for revision of fishing regulations and to make these kinds of revision all along the Baltic proper coastline. RETROUT will address these kinds of administrative obstacles and establish document for common interpretations and also use this as one of important criteria for the businesses involved.

This network will bring together managing authorities, experts, SME associations and interest groups, not at least the FLAGs established under the EMFF.

The activity will entail national and pan-Baltic network meetings for dissemination of policy recommendations, best practices, tools and manuals. Moreover, it entails activities such as outreach, formal establishment, and organisation of national and international meetings and seminars. The WP 3 reference group will partake in the two Pan-Baltic meetings.

5 national meetings and one Pan-Baltic (i.e. the end conference) meetings will be organised. MIR will coordinate PLN and put mechanisms in place for post-project meeting and communication exchange procedures.

The target groups share similar challenges (including biological-climatological conditions, policy and regulatory framework i.e. EU Directives and policies) and this activity will provide the missing transnational platform and deliver several basin wide learning experiences related to the common goal to exploit the potential of coastal fishing tourism. It will provide opportunity for transnational policy dialogue and harmonise the interpretation of EU regulation. Having knowledge of the international experience will strengthen the national authorities' ability to get acceptance for required measures.

Transboundary Fishing Tourism Peer Learning Network

The Peer Learning network is a transnational dialogue platform to foster multi-sectoral and multi-level dialogue on management and policy-making. This network will bring together managing authorities, experts, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) associations and interest groups, not at least the Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) established under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).