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Special Issue on Tourism and Fishing

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Fishing is a major recreation and tourism activity and is an integral part of the “Blue Economy”. The FAO estimate that participation in recreational fishing is, on average, undertaken by 6.7 percent of national populations. However, fish stocks are increasingly coming under pressure from overfishing, climate change, pollution, marine debris and habitat loss, while in some locations recreational fishers also find it increasingly difficult to gain access to fishing locations. Because of the fishing histories of many coastal communities, heritage tourism and place promotion are often strongly connected to the local fishery or even particular species or products. In the Nordic context fishing tourism is particularly significant in many coastal and lake destinations, as well as many river systems.

Fishing and aquaculture are human activities that have a significant role in the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the world’s oceans and their resources. To highlight this 2022 has been declared the UN International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture. Artisanal fisheries and aquaculture are estimated by the FAO to account for 90% of the world fisheries workforce and play a crucial role in meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. The global non-market use value of inland recreational fisheries was estimated to be USD 65 billion to USD 79 billion. In Europe recreational sea fishing is estimated to account for €5.9 billion annual expenditure with Norway and Iceland having the highest rates of participation in recreational sea fishing. In addition to contributing to economies and general well-being, recreational and tourism fisheries may also be a driver for improved habitat and ecosystem conservation. Nevertheless, despite the importance of fishing, and recreational fishing in particular, for tourism there is relatively little written on the relationship. Therefore, to celebrate the 2022 International Year papers are invited to a special issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Hospitality and Tourism on fishing and tourism, topics include, but are not limited to

  • Fishing tourism and sustainability
  • Marine and freshwater recreational fishing management
  • Competition between recreational and artisanal fishing and other tourism, recreational and commercial activities
  • Economic, environmental and social impacts of fishing tourism
  • The impacts of climate change on recreational fishing
  • The changing technologies of recreational fishing and their implications
  • Game fishing and tourism
  • The management of recreational target fish species
  • Fishing and destination marketing and branding
  • Consumer profiles of fishing tourists and recreational fishers
  • Fish, molluscs, crustaceans and seaweed as a gastronomic and restaurant product
  • Restaurants and artisanal and sustainable fish products
  • Aquaculture and tourism
  • Fishing, fisheries and fishing harbours and heritage tourism
  • Recreational fishing, tourism and biosecurity
  • Exotic fish species as recreational fishing and tourism products

Language: en-US

Publisher: tandf

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Submission guidelines

An abstract between 500 and 800 words should be sent to the guest editor via email before 14 February 2020 so that its suitability for the special issue can be gauged and to provide feedback.

When abstracts fit well with the aims of the current call, the authors are invited to submit full manuscripts via the journal’s submission system: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sjht for double-blind peer review. Full paper manuscripts of 6,000–7,000 words inclusive of tables/references/figure captions /footnotes /endnotes based on original empirical research or theory building are invited to this special issue.


For further information or questions please contact the editor of the special issue: [email protected]

Guest editor:

Professor C. Michael Hall

Department of Management, Marketing and Entrepreneurship, University of Canterbury,

Christchurch, New Zealand

Professor C. Michael Hall, University of Canterbury, New Zealand; 

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