Përqafimi i turizmit mund të jetë plani për suksesin e qëndrueshëm të peshkatarëve Cornish

Map of UK and Cornwall showing study areas (source: author). Credit: Annals of Tourism Research (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2022.103441

Cornish fishermen’s trip to tourism offers a potential model for promoting the “Blue Economy” elsewhere, according to new research from the University of Surrey.

The researchers found that the decision of Korniza fishermen to switch to a model that includes marine tourism – for example, taking customers on fishing trips – is helping to keep fishing culture and tradition alive while preserving local fining stocks.

Dr. Anke Winchenbach, lecturer in tourism and transport at the University of Surrey, said: “Our study details how the Anglers have experienced the transition to tourism – and hopefully shows how fishing and the tourism industry can work together to help preserving the traditions of the region, reaping the benefits of positive maritime tourism.

“It is not a matter of giving up tradition, but of showing how valuing tradition while embracing new opportunities brings real economic and social benefits to fishermen and the region.”

In the UK, the number of fishing operators has fallen by 45% since 1994 and by 75% between 1938 and 2020. The decline in fishing, as well as the lack of tourism promotion, partly contributes to a situation where 90% of most UK communities deprived are on the coast.

Coastal and maritime tourism is the second largest contributor to the blue economy and is the fastest growing area of ​​contemporary tourism.

The Surrey study shows that fishermen switching to marine tourism in Cornwall are not only experiencing a change in their financial situation, but report an improvement in their mental and physical health, thanks to a safer working environment and a sense of pride related to the use of their fishing skills and knowledge. Diversification is seen as a win-win, with less pressure on fishing stocks, leading to a more sustainable industry.

The Surrey team also found that the new angler strategy has received support from local communities across Cornwall. The new effort allows traditions to remain alive and keeps fishermen turned operators of maritime tourism connected to the sea benefiting the local community.

Dr. Winchenbach added: “With tourism accounting for 20% of employment in Cornwall and contributing just over £2 billion to the local economy through visitor-related spending, the regional debate has often pitted tourism against tradition.

“Our study suggests that tourism and tradition can work hand in hand to support the community, provide economic and personal benefits through increased social interactions and improved mental health.”

The study is published in the journal Annals of Tourism Research.

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More information:
Anke Winchenbach et al, Identity construction in the diversification of maritime tourism, Annals of Tourism Research (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2022.103441

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citation: Embracing tourism could be blueprint for sustainable success of Cornish fishermen (2022, 17 August) retrieved on 17 August 2022 from https://phys.org/news/2022-08-embracing-tourism-blueprint-cornish-fishers .html

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