La Pesca Vivencial| 10mins
Director: Chris McMorrow & Mark Petruniak | Producer: American University
Focus Years: 2009 | Country: United States
La Pesca Vivencial began as a student film attempting to investigate shark finning on the Galapagos Islands: an ambitious topic, considering the time restraints of a class trip. In discussions with fishermen, leaders of fishing cooperatives, local authorities, and officials from NGOs on the islands, it was stressed that the fundamental cause behind any exploitation - of sharks or otherwise - is economic inequity. Illustrating this inequity is la pesca vivencial, the name given to a style of tourism in which artisanal fishermen take tourists out on their boats for a typical dayâ€™s work (roughly translated as a fishing experience). Whereas international NGOs and the Ecuadoran authorities see this style of tourism as an opportunity for the fishermen, the fishermen themselves consider it an imposition of the industry on their traditional way of life.