The Problem

Fish stocks in the Mediterranean have dropped dramatically due to overfishing, which is one of the biggest threats our seas are facing today. Overfishing is fishing beyond the limits that leads to the destruction of aquatic ecosystems through the excessive reduction of the number of aquatic organisms and sometimes their complete disappearance from their habitats.

The Solution

Fish Smarter is our solution in the effort of reducing overfishing. Through this project, we educate professional fishermen about the negative impact that overfishing has to the ecosystem and their jobs, and also train them on practices such as fishing tourism. Via this education, professional fishermen have the opportunity to increase their income while keeping fish stocks at healthy levels.

Benefits of Fishing Tourism

  • New source of income
  • New job positions
  • Sustainability of fish stocks
  • Consequently, the prevention of "breaking" of traditional fishing boats

The Fish Smarter Project

Fish Smarter started in May of 2019 and, so far, has motivated and trained 171 fishers in fishing tourism techniques in 23 collaborating ports in Greece, giving them the opportunity to see major changes when it comes to their job, while at the same time they contribute to this win-win effort of reducing overfishing.

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The Fish Smarter project of Enaleia in the Ionian and Cyclades is supported by the national donor Costas M. Lemos Foundation and the Cyclades Preservation Fund , and in Messinia by the Captain Vassilis and Carmen Constantakopoulos Foundation.

Information for Practicing Fishing Tourism

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Fishing Tourism Guide

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Ministerial Decision

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Application of Region of Attica

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Fisheries Tourism Legislation

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Fisheries Tourism Taxation

IYAFA 2022

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Enaleia supports the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture (IYAFA), which was declared for 2022 by the United Nations General Assembly.

With this, we aim to raise awareness and draw attention to the role that small-scale fishers play in food security, nutrition, poverty eradication, and the sustainable use of natural resources. 

Enaleia’s projects recognize the role of small-scale fisheries in a sustainable ocean environment, and we advocate for techniques, like fishing tourism, to support their livelihoods through the responsible and sustainable use of fisheries and aquaculture resources.