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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.