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Food, Fisheries and Tourism: New Opportunities for Sustainable Development

17 June 2014

UK - The ways in which the food, inshore fisheries and tourism sectors can work together for the benefit of local communities will be discussed at an international conference in Hastings, Sussex, on the south coast of the UK, on Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 June.

The event forms part of a €300,000 project, known as TourFish, led by the University of Greenwich, which is promoting the links between agrofood, fisheries and the development of responsible tourism in the UK and parts of Europe.

Food, Fisheries and Tourism: New Opportunities for Sustainable Development will bring together a wide range of stakeholders including farmers, fishers, tourism professionals, policy makers and educationalists from the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands to share their ideas and experiences.

The two-day programme includes a guided tour of the working fishing beach in Hastings, a fishmongery session and chef demonstrations.

A series of talks ranges from the role of regional branding in stimulating entrepreneurship and innovation to fishing-led community regeneration.

Keynote speakers are Professor Harold Goodwin, Director of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism, and Clare Devereux of Food Matters, a not-for-profit national food policy organisation.

A photo exhibition will also take place, including work by photojournalist Vince Bevan about the importance of inshore fishing for coastal communities.

This event is funded by the European Union’s INTERREG 2 Seas Programme and follows on from two European cross-border research projects. These are Geography of Inshore Fishing and Sustainability (GIFS), also led by the University of Greenwich, which aims to understand the socio-economic and cultural importance of inshore fishing, and Fish & Chips, which is a network of six food regions bordering the North Sea and English Channel.

To register: www.gre.ac.uk/gmi/tourfis

More information on the conference is at:

http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/schools/gmi/about/events/lectures/tourfish

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