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Maritime tourism should be understood not only as a system of fixed, maritime links and attractive cruises but also as individual yacht cruises, and many other forms of spending time on the water or under the water. A special type of tourism is maritime tourism, which includes features such as recreational fishing in the sea. Sport and recreational fishing became popular in Poland in the 90’s of last century. According to the data of harbor masters that keep records of fishing vessels out in the sea, the first effective service providers were the skippers from Łeba and Darłowo. The following study presents the development of specialized tourism in Poland which is fishing tourism with particular emphasis on Darłowo. Rules for organizing fishing trips, and the conditions that must be met in order to start this kind of business were discussed. Another important issues in the article include preparations of individual units for realizing tourist function, presenting additional services provided by the organizers of fishing cruises. On the basis of the survey research, the characteristic of fishing service users has been prepared, taking into account: motives and forms of arrivals, territorial origin of tourists, accommodation and length of stay.
Key words: maritime tourism, fishing tourism, sea angling, qualified tourism, fishing cruises, deep sea fishing