During the capital controls, unemployment in Greece had jumped to 29% (ELSTAT, 2016) while at the same time the fishing industry was aging. The average age of professional fishermen in the country was 63 years (Ministry of Rural Development) and there was a great need for new people. The aim was not only to train young people in the fisheries sector, create new jobs and ensure that the fishing profession survives in the future, but also to provide high quality, environmentally friendly and ethical education.
Enaleia was created in 2016 to face this problem, as the first school for professional fishing in Greece, with the aim of educating young unemployed fishermen and their direct connection with the market. Through workshops and the Learn to Fish platform, we educated more than 110 unemployed people.