River sports, tourist concerns – Chronicle

“For the purposes of the conservation of wildlife and environmental heritage, the practice known as acquatrekking or any type of activity that involves group hiking in waterways is prohibited on all waters of the Region”: these few lines of the regional calendar of the fishing season have alarmed outdoor enthusiasts but also those who have an economic activity linked to this type of tourism. “The protection of the river habitat is certainly important – comments Massimo Cardellini, councilor for tourism of the Union Montana Catria and Nerone -, with this rule that seems hasty to us, however, other activities that give prestige and notoriety to the territory are omitted, bringing with them a certain induced, like all the disciplines that can take place on our rivers.If the Marche Region focuses on slow tourism in inland areas, why block this type of activity? not only those related to the environment but also those of It is clear that it is necessary to protect the flora and fauna with their moments of reproduction, but it is also necessary to calculate that there is a whole economy that goes in this direction: recent summers demonstrate that people are storming our regions and there are several activities that work with this tourism, a bit like when from inland we go to the sea Et. The Marches are the s only region of Italy to which the ministry has authorized the placement of rainbow trout in its rivers, from which this ban originated, but if in the near future the restocking will also be granted to other regions and these will follow the Marches, will all the rivers of Italy be blocked? Instead, it is desirable to have coordination and regulation that dictates rules on how to behave in certain environments: let’s talk about it together between politicians and professional associations”.

A sigh of relief can on the contrary draw the APD Pro-Metauro, an amateur association which organizes canoe days at the Marmitte dei Giganti in Fossombrone: its activity would seem to be sheltered from these new provisions. The question is delicate and probably still needs to be explored further by the regional bodies as well. Certainly those who experience the realities of the outback, in recent years will have seen the queues of cars that form around the rivers and their cool pools, increasingly beleaguered and, those that were previously places exclusively for locals whose path they knew led to the flow, they are now crowded and advertised places that travel unchecked, driven by the likes of social media. From the point of view of fishermen’s associations, that of the Marche Region is certainly an achievement that denotes the attention paid to a noble discipline such as sport fishing in the river. But is it impossible to find a compromise between the protection of the fragile river ecosystem and tourism? Pending clarification on this rule of the Region, the debate continues.

Andrea Angelini

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