The valuation marine ecosystem services have been receiving increasing attention in scientific literature, however most of the research is focused in marketed services and does not consider the part of the total economic value. Some services like cultural services that are not direct (touristically) or indirectly marketed as part of existence and legacy value of ecosystems and particularly fisheries are not generally considered. Fishing influences the way of life and world view of communities devoted to this activity since their origins. Fishing has become not only a harvesting activity but also a way of living for them as a result of the close interaction between fishing, communities and natural resources. Fishing refers to all facets of culture producing know-how, skills and techniques passed down from one generation to the next. Fishing also involves the creation of devices, gears or tools among other technological products, and catalyzes some other closely related activities; characterizing society as a whole. Cultural Fishing Heritage is fishing societies and the culture of fishing all together.
This paper is aimed at classifying and characterizing intangible fishing cultural heritage according the kind of fishing activity and the exploited natural resources using multivariate analysis; and proposing proper valuation techniques for these elements of cultural heritage according identified common patterns in the Atlantic arc. This paper provides a set of tools to valuate intangible cultural heritage related to fishing accounting for intangible cultural heritage elements specific characteristics.
Results incorporated in this communication received funding from the European Union’s Interreg Atlantic Area European Regional Development Fund in the framework of CABFishMAN project. (EAPA_134/2018)