Fish smarter: less is more! By training fishermen from eight islands on fishing tourism, with the guidance and expertise of our new partner Enaleia, 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 ( Amorgos, Paros, Antiparos, Naxos, Milos, Kimolos, Kythnos, and Sifnos) have been selected upon discussion with the local fishermen.
Our main objective is to establish win win correlations between fishermen and marine environment. We plan to achieve this by teaching fishermen about alternative paths that they can create income for them, such as fishing tourism. To teach them that instead of overfishing, killing sea turtles and seals to make ends meet, they should capitalize these marine resources, so as to demonstrate an authentic image to Greece to travelers, who will be willing to pay for this. Therefore, our main objective is not to give them a fish (salary or money) but to teach them how to fish ( provide quality experiences to tourists).
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From June 2019 to January 2020, the team of Enaleia visited in total on 8 Cycladic and 2 Ionian islands to promote sustainable fishing and fishing tourism, training in total 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 started already the procedures for getting a fishing tourism license after the training they received by our partners, while 20 more are now positive to follow when the call for grants will be available by the Cyclades Development Agency in order for them to converting their fishing boat to a fishing tourism boat which provides safety specs.