DEVELOPMENT, PROMOTION AND SUSTAINABLE MANAGEMENT OF THE BALTIC SEA REGION AS A COASTAL TOURISM DESTINATION (RETROUT)
Duration: October 2017 - September 2020
Partners: County Administrative Board in Stockholm, Royal Institute of Technology and Haninge municipality in Sweden, Baltic Environmental Forum Estonia, University of Tartu and NGO Estonian Fishing Tourism in Estonia, Kurzeme Planning Region, Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment - “BIOR” and Ventspils Regional Municipality in Latvia, Klaipeda University and Fishery service under the ministry of Agriculture of the republic of Lithuania in Lithuania, National Marine Fisheries Research Institute and Tourist Association "Northern Kashubia" Local Tourist Organisation in Poland and Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission HELCOM in Finland
Total budget: 3,221,336.40€
European Regional Development Fund: 2,620,136.21€
Project no.: #R065
The coastal fishing tourism industry in the BSR has been identified as a sector with great potential for growth and sustainable jobs. It offers opportunities for rural jobs, diversification of the fishery sector and prolonged tourism season. However, in order to fully exploit the economic potential, there is a need to address the key challenges currently limiting the development of the sector, explicitly:
The project aims at enabling the target groups to develop and promote sustainable coastal fishing tourism and simultaneously advance integrated implementation of CFP, WFD, MSFD and HELCOM recommendations, by addressing these key challenges.
The target groups, identified as instrumental to leverage this tourism sector, are SMEs (sport fishing service providers, fishing guides) and their associations, regional authorities, coastal municipalities, and tourist boards.
These target groups will benefit from the main project outputs i.e.: