Fishing communities along the Channel and Southern North Sea are facing challenges and changes at a time of strict regulation and measures to address the ‘crisis’ in fisheries. GIFS is a project co-funded by the Interreg IVa 2 Seas programme (the GIFS project was undertaken from December 2011 to September 2014) and aimed to understand the socio-economic and cultural importance of inshore fishing to better inform fisheries policy, coastal regeneration strategies and sustainable community development by:
- Identifying best practice in coastal zone governance and marine fishing
- Exploring the social and cultural values of fishing places and communities
- Valuing the economic benefits of inshore fishing
- Understanding grassroots perspectives on inshore fishing through the ‘voice’ of communities
- Creating a ‘snapshot’ of fishing life at the start of the 21st century
This Portal, embedded in the Coastal and Marine Wiki, captures the output of the GIFS project in 7 themes (Background information, Economics, Education, Governance, Socio-cultural context, Fishing Past & Present and Tourism). All themes are accessible via the Overview map or can be consulted separately by clicking on the menu items.
The Interactive map is currently in development.