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Tourism training for fishermen - FLAG Northern & Eastern Lapland - FI

This project offered an integrated package of training courses, tailor made for fishermen who wanted to diversify into tourism.



Developing a recreation area - FLAG Lake Võrtsjärv - EE

The main aim of the project was to develop the tourism potential of Jõesuu, an area in the north of the Lake Võrtsjärv region, by developing fishing tourism and building on the area´s fishing culture and traditions. A supportive entrepreneurial environment was established and, with the help of fishing–oriented tourism products, visitors were attracted to the area. These tourism products have included trips in an old sailing boat (“kale-boat“) and demonstrations of traditional fishing methods and tools.


Production of edible seaweed - FLAGs Danish Small Islands & Bornholm - DK

This project involves cooperation between stakeholders from two Danish FLAGs, one on the island of Bornholm and the other covering smaller islands, in commercially exploiting seaweed, an overlooked resource in Danish waters. By promoting the sustainable cultivation, harvesting and processing of seaweed, the project will assist in diversifying the local economies of the islands, thereby helping to maintain strong local populations and vibrant communities.


The dining room of the Sea - FLAG North Jutland - DK

This project is an example of market driven innovation which has led to the creation of a successful SME that employs 4 people and, after just two years, is generating a turnover of over €1.5 million. This is in a region, North Jutland, faced by population loss and a higher unemployment rate than the national average.


FARNET Guide #5: Diversification of Fisheries Areas

The current socio-economic challenges facing the European fisheries call for a wide range of measures to improve the livelihoods of fishermen and their families, as well as other inhabitants of fisheries communities. One option opened up by Axis 4 of the EFF is the economic diversification of fisheries areas.

This guide is addressed to those FLAGs which include diversification as one of the objectives of their strategies, as well as for potential beneficiaries wishing to implement diversification projects. It aims to address questions around why and how to diversify fisheries areas and includes an overview of different diversification options which can be adapted to help fishing communities around Europe build stronger economies for the future.

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"FLAGs in business: promoting diversification in fisheries areas": Gdynia, Poland - 5 - 7th July 2011

Organised at the initiative of the European Commission and with the support of the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, this event (FARNET´s 5th transnational seminar) was designed to provide ideas and support to those FLAGs looking at ways to diversify their local economies by fostering new types of activities for fishermen and their communities. 

The event attracted over 160 participants and included a series of thematic workshops and plenary sessions on possible diversification activities and key considerations for FLAGs implementing diversification strategies. Workshops offered project examples from different sectors: tourism, environmental services, and social & cultural activities, as well as the very specific theme of pesca-tourism. Cooperation among FLAGs was also built in to the agenda with a view to promoting information exchange and opportunities for cooperation around concrete projects. 

FARNET Magazine n° 4: Diversifying Europe's fisheries areas


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The need to diversify fisheries areas in Europe

Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) aims to help the inhabitants of fisheries areas to improve their livelihoods by developing new activities. Zoom on Andalusia.

Report: Surfing on a wave of innovation

The central-west coast of Portugal is exploring new opportunities for diversification in fishing, tourism and cultural heritage.

Interview: Katia Frangoudes

Katia Frangoudes is a researcher and founding member of AKTEA, the European Network of Women's Organisations in Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Report: Back to the islands

Upstream projects to diversify fishing in the Stockholm archipelago (Sweden).

Trade winds

Four innovative, area-based development projects in fisheries areas.

Spotlight: New prospects for Poland's fisheries areas

How is Poland using its Axis 4 funds? Three questions to Kazimierz Plocke, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.



PISCES: LIFE project looks into Axis 4 case study

PISCES (Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem), a LIFE project previously mentionned on our website is looking into initiatives promoting sustainable fisheries management in the Celtic Sea, and beyond...

Amongst several case studies, PISCES produced a video documentary of the initiative carried by the Marco Polo association which is supporting artisanal fishermen from the Saint-Raphael region of France to develop a pesca tourism initiative. This initiative, called Pescatourisme 83, has been selected by the FLAG Var to receive Axis 4 support; further details about this project can be found in our project factsheet series, where its context, goals and details are described.

video documentary

French FLAGs meet on pescatourism in Saint Raphaël, France.

French FLAGs and local, regional and national fishing committees met in March to discuss pesca-tourism in France and, in particular, how to move towards developing a specific legal framework for the activity. The event was hosted by Marco Polo Echanger Autrement and co-organised with the Var FLAG.


With support from Axis 4, Marco Polo has led a project since 2009 to explore conditions necessary for putting pesca-tourism in place in

picture: E. Boudet

the Var (type of pesca-tourism possible; safety conditions to respect; legal issues…) and to trial such activities.

The National Department of Maritime Affairs and a number of other stakeholders also participated in the discussions and work is ongoing to find a legal framework which meets the needs of the various fishing communities around France as well as the conditions necessary to ensure the safety of tourists taking part in the activity.

A full case study on Marco Polo´s pilot project has been developed and will be available shortly on the FARNET website.

More information: the Var FLAG


Aquaculture: an opportunity for Danish fishermen

Axis 4 support for the developmentof aquaculture activities in western Zealand has resulted in projects focusing on the production of common cockles, commonblue mussels and sugar kelp, creating new business and employment opportunitiesfor local fishermen. 

An article by Joergen Damgaard and Gada Omar - FLAG Slagelse, Denmark