Entre redes, patrimonio y turismo: mutaciones de la pesca artesanal en la costa norte de Barcelona (Cataluña)

In the first decades of the 21st century, the artisanal fishing fleet in Catalonia reduced by half. In the same period Catalonia consolidated as the second European region in tourism importance behind the Parisian Region. Meanwhile, another cultural phenomenon appeared on the Catalan coasts, the revitalization of maritime-fishing traditions through cultural heritage. One can see how along the coast traditional boats are recovered, demonstrations of abandoned fishing systems are performed, traditional fishing gastronomy is revalorized, etc. This phenomenon brings a field of opportunities for those fishermen who are forced to abandon their jobs. By looking at fishing in Catalonia in historical perspective, one realizes that over time the number of fishermen oscillated according to the social and economic context. One can therefore ask whether the present moment of crisis, with the disappearance of a third of the jobs in fishing, will be nothing more than a passenger pothole favoured by the tourist heyday, or if contrarily the maritime heritage will renew the tourism growth until the disappearance of artisanal fishing ​
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