Activity 3.3

Activity 3.3 - Verify the economic contribution of coastal fishing tourism.

Activity leader

PP 7 - Kurzeme Planning Region

Contact: Zane Gaile zane.gaile(a)kurzemesregions.lv

Description

One key task of the Peer Learning network on coastal fishing tourism is to jointly undertake policy reform studies and reporting. In total, three background reports will be produced as basis for transnational dialogue, harmonised decision making and policy reform. This activity will deliver on of these priority studies and reporting.
The aim is to verify the contribution of coastal fishing tourism to the regional economy, in particular its linkages to coastal tourism and importance for the rural job market. The results from the scenario studies of different trout management options and restoration efforts (presented in WP4) will feed directly into the analyses of economic contribution to estimate the economic contribution at different management strategies.

Anglers tend to invest a great deal in their interest area and travel arrangements. A few economic analysis and reports exist and these indicate strong direct and indirect economic values for the local economy. However, there are major gaps and regional imbalances in the data. One reason could be that the growth of the sub-sector is relatively rapid in same places e.g. Poland.

The report will present information core economic monitoring indicators i.e. number of visitors, Gross Value, number of service providers and employment. The resulting data will be used as a basis to increase the awareness of the importance for policy dialogue.

National studies will be undertaken based on a common approach. The national studies will be subject to peer-review by the WP Reference Group and finally the data will be compiled into a transnational economic impact study.

The transnational relevance is substantial since the research study and report will fill the gaps in the regional imbalance of economic data and delivers a transnational economic impact study of the coastal fishing tourism sector.

Transnational economic impact study

At the end of the project, the team will deliver a Report illustrating the contribution of coastal fishing tourism to the regional economy. It constitutes the first transnational economic impact study of the coastal fishing tourism sector. The report will present information on core economic monitoring indicators i.e. number of visitors, Gross Value, number of service providers and employment.