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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. 

Summary report

FARNET Guide #5: Diversification of Fisheries Areas

List of participants 

DAY 1: Tuesday, July 5
16.00 - 19.00


17.30 – 19.00

“Message in a bottle” (question and answer session with experts and Commission representatives) 

17.30 – 19.00

Mediterranean & Black Sea Cooperation Meeting

17.30 – 19.00

Set up of exhibition of FLAG project examples and other material and Cooperation Corner


Welcome cocktail and dinner 

DAY 2: Wednesday, July 6
09.00 - 09.30


9.30 – 11.00

Plenary: introducing diversification

Welcome by the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and DG MARE of the European Commission.

Presentation of the seminar theme and agenda, and the FARNET guide on diversification of fisheries areas. 
Presentations of key themes - Urszula Budzich-Szukala 

How to develop a forward-oriented diversification strategy based on the specific assets and opportunities of your area  - Paul Soto  

 The case of the FLAG "Litoral Costa Ebre" - Albert Hernández 

How to involve the fisheries sector and other key actors in the territory in diversification activities? Women as drivers and beneficiaries of diversification - Monica Burch 

         - Involving the fisheries sector and other key actors in diversification activities - Rémi Bellia 

 Women as promoters and beneficiaries of Diversification - Yolanda Benítez  

11.00 - 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 13.15

"Building solutions through projects": Working Groups (1st round)

Four parallel working groups focusing on themes such as:

(1) environmental activities in fisheries areas. Introductory presentation - Gilles Van de Valle   

- Project example: Nada pola borda - Xuan Lueiro 

(2) social and cultural activities. Introductory presentation - John Grieve   

 Project example: Entre Mer et Terre, du Handicap à l'Emploi - Thierry Leques 

(3) tourism - Introductory presentation - Paul Soto 

 Project example: Heritage trail - Goran Šoster   

Project example: - Albert Hernández (ES)

(4) pesca-tourism. Introductory presentation - Monica Burch  

Project example 1: diversifying artisanal fisheries through tourism in Le Var - Remi Bellia

- Project example 2: Training project in pescatourism for fishermen in Sodankylä - Markku Ahonen

And: Cooperation Corner session of networking and exchange  - and “Message in   a bottle” 

The aim of the working groups is to give the participants a chance to explore specific questions around the themes presented as well as working through some concrete project examples.

13.15 – 14.30

Lunch, courtesy of the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development  

14.30 – 16.00

Building solutions through projects: Working Groups (2nd round)

See above

The same choice of parallel activities will be offered, in different language combinations 

16.00 - 18.30

Short coffee break followed by:

Inverted study visit” – presentation of challenges and plans of Polish FLAGs from the area, including a visit to the port 

19.00 - 22.00

Dinner at Filharmonia restaurant in Gdansk, courtesy of the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development

Day 3: Thursday, July 7
09.00 – 10.30

Building solutions through projects: Working Groups (3rd round)

As above

10.30 – 11.30 

Coffee table session: putting lessons into practice 

Changes FLAGs wish to make and steps for the future in light of lessons learnt in Gdynia (developed in small national groups - coffee break included)

 11.30 – 12.30     

Bringing it together

Presentations of group work from workshops

Screening of seminar video

Feedback from “Message in a bottle”  

Feedback from the Cooperation corner - Cooperation example   

 12.30 - 12.45

Concluding session

Information about future FARNET activities - Paul Soto 

Summary and conclusions  



  • Cooperation corner board 
  • the FARNET photo album 
  • Videos:

 Mini interview 1: Stephan Melis, Coordinator, Noord-Holland FLAG, The Netherlands




 Mini interview 2: Joy Collins, Neighbourhood Manager, Hastings FLAG, UK 




 Mini interview 3: Ide Seidelin, Coordinator, Fyn FLAG, Denmark