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Offline Maik

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« on: Saturday, 07 December, 2019 @ 15:43:31 »
Fishing Tourism in Greece: An Untapped Resource

With the longest coastline in Europe, the largest number of fishing boats, and one of the continent’s most enduring traditions in boat-making and professional fishing, one can only wonder why Greece still hasn’t tapped into the vast potential of sustainable fishing tourism.

Despite having a legal framework in place since 2015, which paved the way for licencing, there are currently only 150 licensed professionals offering fishing tourism activities in the country.

To make matters worse, Greece is among the few countries in the EU spending some 46 million euros annually to destroy hundreds of decommissioned caiques and traditional fishing boats instead of subsidizing their preservation and the continuation of Greece’s maritime tradition.

In 1983, in efforts to tackle overfishing, the European Union started subsidizing fishermen to scrap their boats or change their use. Harsher measures followed which required that fishermen also surrender their licenses and boats be destroyed resulting in hundreds of perfectly sound vessels ending up in scraps.

Two recreational fishing boats listed on Kefalonia  - one in Spartia and one in Katelios - with