Fish smarter: less is more!
By training fishermen from eight islands on fishing tourism, with the guidance and expertise of our new partner Enaleia, and in partnership with the Costas M. Lemos Foundation, we are helping to create an alternative source of income for fishermen and simultaneously fight against overfishing. The islands in which this project will operate (Amorgos, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos, Milos, Kimolos, Kythnos, and Sifnos) have been selected in discussion with local fishermen.
Our main objective is to establish a win-win relationship between fishermen and the marine environment. We plan to achieve this by teaching fishermen about alternative paths to generate income, such as fishing tourism. Instead of overfishing, and killing sea turtles and seals to make ends meet, fishermen could instead capitalise from these marine resources through boat tours demonstrating an authentic image to Greece to travellers (who are willing to pay for this).
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From June 2019 to January 2020, the team of Enaleia visited a total of 8 Cycladic and 2 Ionian islands to promote sustainable fishing and fishing tourism, training a total of 92 professional fishermen. The islands that the team of Enaleia visited were: Milos, Kimolos, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos, Amorgos, Kythnos, Anafi, Lefkada and Zante.
At least 3 professional fishermen have already started the process of getting a fishing tourism license after the training they received by our partners. Another 20 are now set to follow suit, when the application for a grant to convert their fishing boat to a fishing tourism boat becomes available from Cyclades Development Agency.