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Welcome to FARNET: the European Fisheries Areas Network

FARNET is the community of people implementing Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). This network brings together Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs), managing authorities, citizens and experts from across the EU to work on the sustainable development of fisheries and coastal areas.

Fisheries areas across the EU are facing significant challenges. The continuous decline in income and employment in the fishing sector has underlined the need for innovative responses that are both sustainable and inclusive. Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) is a tool that enables local fisheries communities to address these challenges by proposing and testing new solutions. FARNET is there to help them make it happen.

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Axis 4: seven years of innovation

Axis 4: seven years of innovation and support of coastal and fisheries communities in Europe

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Axis 4: seven years of innovation

Axis 4: seven years of innovation and support of coastal and fisheries communities in Europe

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What is Axis 4?

An introduction to Axis 4 of EFF, presented during the conference "Sustainable Futures for Fisheries Areas", organised by the European Commission and FARNET.

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Axis 4 in Finland: Kitkan Viisas

A project supported by FLAG Kainu-Koillismaa

FLAG factsheet

Good Practice

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Axis 4 in Spain: Salinas del Astur

A project supported by Huelva FLAG 

 

FLAG factsheet

Good practice

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Drecklyfish.co.uk - EU captions

Drecklyfish is a direct sales system developed by Cornish fishermen using twitter as a live auction. After an initial phase, they received support from Axis4 of EFF to develop it further as a collective project and scale up operations.

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Ecotourism in a protected area, FLAG Sotavento, Portugal

João Sabino's project was one of the case studies selected for the 6th FARNET seminar FLAGs: Drivers of Green Growth in European Fisheries Areas - which took place in Olhão, Portugal.

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FARNET Conference: Sustainable Futures for Fisheries Areas

Over 350 participants gathered in Brussels in November 2011 for the two day event, "Sustainable Futures for Fisheries Areas", organised by FARNET and the European Commission.

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Pescatourisme, FLAG Var, France

This project transfers and adapts pesca-tourism experience gained in Italy to the context of fishermen in the Var, France. Over a three year period, local actors, supported by Axis 4, have worked to establish the conditions necessary to promote pesca-tourism in the area.

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FLAGs: Drivers of Green Growth in European Fisheries Areas

Cooperation, creativity and a long-term commitment to sustainability are some of the main ingredients necessary for fisheries areas to be successful in safeguarding their environmental assets, while also benefitting from opportunities in the green economy. This was one of the main conclusions of the FARNET conference, "FLAGs: Drivers of Green growth in European Fisheries Areas", which took place in Olhão, Portugal from the 4-6 June 2012.

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New seaweed products, FLAG Bornholm & FLAG Small Islands, Denmark

Danish waters produce high quality seaweed which, until now, has not been exploited commercially as there is no tradition of eating seaweed in Denmark.