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Sailing Towards 2020: Axis 4 in Action

This brochure has been developed for the "Sailing towards 2020" event, it highlights facts, figures and success stories from the 2007/2013 Axis4 program of the European Fisheries Fund. Stakeholders (FLAGs, Managing Authorities, project promoters) may use it as a source of inspiration for future projects; but it will also interest wider audiences, such as researchers, NGOs and/or the media wanting to know more on local development of European fisheries areas.


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Find out more with the 42 project posters showcased during the Sailing Towards 2020 conference.

FARNET Good practices 2007-2013: language compilations

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FABLABs: collaborate with local innovators and tomorrow’s Bluegrowth pioneers.

What is a FABLAB?

Imagine a local repair shed managed by DIY and IT enthusiasts. A place packed with digital fabrication tools such as 3Dprinters, open to anyone eager to learn, create, innovate and share its findings with the community. These are FABLABs, or FABrication LABoratories, and they are opening new ways for local communities to engage in innovation and reinvent the wider economy.


Why this matters for FLAGs?

Even the maritime economy is witnessing the birth of its first Maritime FABLABs: on land (@navlab) or at sea (@lab-rev), these could soon influence Bluegrowth innovation and its local ownership, and this is something FLAGs should be part of. When designing local partnerships for the next programming period, FABLABs could be local stakeholders to count on. These could hold key elements to help local economies innovate and bring tailor made answers to Bluegrowth challenges. This is why FARNET is encouraging you to meet with your nearest FABLAB.

How to find one?

To meet with your nearest FABLAB, take part to the “Axis4man eurotrip” game:

  1. Download the 3D model of the #Axis4man figure: this model can then be printed on a 3D printer
  2. Get in touch with a FABLAB near you, this is where you will find a 3D printer
  3. Share a picture of your #Axis4man on twitter or Facebook, and add your FLAG area to his Eurotrip!


For any question, get in touch with Serge Gomes da Silva at FARNET Support Unit : sgs {at }

Public consultation on CFP technical measures

On January 24, the European Commission launched a consultation on a new framework for technical measures in the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Technical measures are a broad set of rules which govern how, where and when fishermen may fish. They are established for all European sea basins, but they differ considerably from one basin to another.

The measures can include: minimum landing sizes and minimum conservation sizes; specifications for the design and use of gears; minimum mesh sizes for nets; the requirement for selective gears to reduce unwanted catches; closed areas and seasons; limitations on by-catches; and measures to minimize the impact of fishing on the marine ecosystem and environment.

The consultation aims to gather the views of the main stakeholders on how to achieve the objectives of the reformed CFP, considering these technical measures and the governance structure within which they operate. The deadline for submissions is the 24 April 2014. 

Further details

Socio-economic dimensions in EU fisheries: final study report

This report presents the results from a study commissionned by DG MARE of the European Commission. It is intended to make a contribution to understanding local processes of development and diversification and the role of fisheries in coastal communities through the collection of primary data at the local level. The study focuses on selected locations within four fisheries-dependent maritime regions of the EU: Galicia (Spain), Sicily (Italy), Brittany (France) and Shetland (UK).



Community aquaculture in France - Cooperation proposal

Community gardens and Community Supported Agriculture are now well established concepts, but in the Pays Marennes Oléron the association IODDE, a partner of local FLAG is reflecting on the potential to develop a form of community or shared aquaculture.

Cooperation proposal - Community aquaculture

EC - World Bank Exchange Workshop on Community-Led Local Development, November 2013

Community-Led or Community-Driven Local Development?

In recent years, the World Bank has invested significantly in evaluating its Community-Driven Development (CDD) programmes. This workshop was organised by the European Commission and FARNET in Brussels on November 8th 2013 with a view to exchanging on both approaches and building up on mutual benefits.


Women in Fisheries: European Parliament Study

A report commissioned by the European Parliament on women in fisheries has recently been published. Entitled "Women in fisheries: a European perspective", the report gives an overview of the current situation faced by women in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Europe and the prerequisites for improved gender mainstreaming. It presents and discusses the available data on female employment in the sector, the problems faced by women’s fisheries organisations and their future prospects. It also proposes that the impact of the EFF on the promotion of gender equality should be evaluated, and outlines the expectations vested in the EMFF. As part of the research conducted for this study, FLAGs received a questionnaire on the importance of gender in their strategies and extent to which women are benefiting from Axis 4. 111 FLAGs responded to the questionnaire. This sample showed that 50% of FLAGs employed a female Manager while 22% of FLAG boards were made up of women. At the same time, 29% of FLAG respondents claimed to have a specific focus on women in their strategies while 19% of local projects approved had a female beneficiary or target audience.

Final report    

Axis 4 in a nutshell: a "pocket guide"

A new, user-friendly leaflet is now available, which summarises the key messages contained in the recently published FARNET Guide n° 7, “Axis 4: a tool in the hands of fisheries communities”. The leaflet explains the main features of Axis 4 and how it can be used to help fishermen, their families and communities. It provides a simple way for FLAGs and other stakeholders to better understand Axis 4, and to be better able to communicate its benefits within their community. The leaflet is available in 14 languages and will be distributed at all major FARNET events in the coming months. To order copies for distribution, please contact the FARNET Support Unit.


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Axis 4 in Denmark

Denmark was among the first countries to have FLAGs up and running. Its Axis 4 implementation system is interesting for at least three reasons: the speed with which it was set up, the excellent cooperation between all actors which ensures a good flow of information, and the strong role played by the National Network Unit.