In this 90-minutes online event, we will explore the ways in which fishing and tourism co-exist in coastal communities. An expert panel of researchers and practitioners will share their experiences and insights about the fishing industry, social change, marine tourism diversification and how this relates to local people's lives and the wider Blue Economy. An opportunity to ask questions and reflect on what opportunities might exist to strengthen the relationship between fishing and tourism, and what actions and support might be needed to put this into action will then follow.
We invite you to engage in a lively conversation between diverse stakeholders from across the marine and coastal sector to jointly explore the challenges and opportunities for people living and working around the coast.
Diversification into tourism is often suggested as a potential solution for the increasing concerns over the declining fishing opportunities in the UK as well as internationally. As such transitions are neither easy nor necessarily straightforward, in this session we are aiming to expand current discussions on social change and livelihood transitions in coastal communities by hearing a range of different perspectives on what it means when fishing meets tourism and how these encounters can be mutually beneficial. You may wonder why the issues of coastal areas (and their potential solutions) are relevant to those of us who live more inland? Are there commonalities relating to social change and livelihood transition? We will bring some ideas to the table, but we want to hear your thoughts too!
Dr Anke Winchenbach Lecturer Hospitality Tourism & Events at the University of Surrey
Who are the panel members?
Dr Emma McKinley, Research Fellow, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Cardiff University
Dr Julie Urquhart, Associate Professor in Environmental Social Science at the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI), University of Gloucestershire
Dr Alex Chapman, Senior Researcher on the economics of climate change, nature recovery and inequality, New Economics Foundation
Dr Edward Hind-Ozan, Head of Fisheries Social Science at Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Everyone is welcome
This event is open to everyone but might be particularly interesting for people living and working in coastal communities, fisheries and tourism managers and policy makers, local authorities, researchers and research councils.