Fishing is an age-old enterprise in Greece that technology can help advance, and The Hellenic Initiative is keeping Hellenes on the cutting edge through a new collaboration with Enaleia, supporting its innovative work with a grant of $20,000.

THI’s contribution enables Enaleia to enhance its training capabilities by digitalizing its content, attracting more students, and matching them with jobs available in the fishing industry.

Enaleia is a social enterprise with a mission to make the marine ecosystem sustainable by working with fishermen. It has established the first school for professional fishing in Greece, training 63 new fishermen in the past 2 years. Currently, the training process is being digitalized, in order to reduce the costs and to provide interactive digital courses and videos to more people interested in the fishing sector.

Enaleia has also trained over 130 professional fishermen on how to earn more money with less fish, through fishing tourism, and the branding of their product – giving them solid motivation to fish less.

Responding to the alarmingly increased amount of marine plastic in the Greek seas, Enaleia has also established a system with 10 fishing boats, which are collecting 2,500 kilos of marine plastic per month with their nets, and delivering their used fishing equipment at the end of the fishing season at two specific areas, Keratsini and Lavrio. Furthermore, Enaleia has been awarded by UN Environment as one of the 5 best initiatives in Europe for protecting or restoring the environment at the Young Champions of the Earth competition.

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