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Taking stock in Galicia: meeting with the Cofradías in Vigo

The heads of the Galician fishing organizations (cofradías), and other actors involved in the development of Axis 4 projects in the region, met on October 6 to discuss challenges encountered during the first call for projects (...)




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FARNET Guide #1: Starting Up


This guide has been prepared to assist current and prospective Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) and those working with them in the essential elements of setting up and operating an area based partnership and developing and delivering a local development strategy. Priority Axis 4 represents a new departure for the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) in that it focuses on the sustainable development of fisheries areas. This area-based approach was introduced into the EFF Regulation for the first time in the period 2007–2013 and reflects the Commission’s recognition that the complex and rapidly-changing forces affecting fisheries area sand communities cannot be dealt with by traditional policies and tools on their own.   

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Territorial approaches in the future CFP

On April 13, the FARNET Support Unit, participated in a European Commission seminar on “Financial policy in the future Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)”.

The aim of the seminar was to set the scene and discuss the role of financial and structural instruments in the reformed CFP. The FSU presentation, in the session on the role of support for coastal development and small scale fleets, highlighted the opportunity Axis 4 of the EFF presented for fishing communities to test and improve local application of sectoral policies, and to explore new approaches to developing and implementing local responses to major societal challenges. The FSU also underlined the potential of the FLAGs to “lever in” support from other public and private funds, and to provide fishing communities with a voice in other local and regional policies.

The seminar attracted over 120 participants, representing the EU and international institutions, Member States, the fisheries sector, Regional Advisory Councils, environmental NGOs, and independent experts.

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FARNET at the European Maritime Day 2010

EMD 2010 logoOn May 21, the FARNET Support Unit organised a workshop at the 3rd European Maritime Day Stakeholder Conference in Gijon (Spain) on “the role of local partnerships in developing innovative and sustainable strategies in fisheries areas”.

The workshop, which heard from Juan Ignacio Gandarias, the Spanish Director General of Fisheries, Francois Maïtia, the Vice President of Aquitaine, Jesper Raakjer, Head of the Innovative Fisheries Research Centre in Denmark and Rosa Chapela Head of Socioeconomics CETMAR, Galicia, concluded with three key messages.

FARNET Magazine n° 2: Local strategies for global challenges

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Looking beyond the horizon

The strategic planning process provides a unique opportunity for all stakeholders in fisheries areas to come together to agree on a long term vision.

Report : The strategy of synergy .

Fishing and rural development in Ostrobothnia (Finland)

Interview : Danuta Hübner

Chair of the Committee on Regional Development in the European Parliament and former European Commissioner for Regional Policy.

Report : Building on success.

Axis 4 strengthening development along the Galician coast (Spain).

The Polish capacity building programme

The Polish authorities drew heavily on the experience of Leader
in designing a capacity building programme for local fisheries areas.

FARNET experts explore added value of territorial approach

A recent meeting of the FARNET advisory group brought together
experts to explore the potential role of the territorial approach
in addressing the major challenges facing the EU’s fisheries areas.

Conservation and Industry Leaders form Alliance for ‘Real Reform’ of European Fisheries Policy

In April, the European Seafood Exposition saw the launch of a partnership between three key players of the European seafood industry. AIPCE-CEP, the EU Fish Processors and Traders Association, representing 130 000 employees, 4 000 enterprises and a production value of around €20 billion, Eurocommerce, which represents retail, wholesale and international trade interests to the EU, and the WWF, an organization active in over 100 countries, announced their alliance in proposing new fisheries management solutions in the framework of a reformed CFP in 2012.

The new alliance between WWF and European leading industries intends to show how to achieve these reforms in order to reap benefits for the environment and industry. Amongst the goals of this large partnership, particular attention will be given to the implementation of science-based long term management plans for all EU fisheries by 2015, the attribution of effective roles to regional bodies in developing fisheries plans and the maximization of the value from catch to consumer, avoiding waste and promoting added value at each stage of the supply chain.

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Commissioner Maria Damanaki outlines the future steps of CFP reform at the European Parliament Fisheries Committee

Maria DamanakiOn the 17th May, Commissioner M. Damanaki presented the European Commission´s initiatives for maritime affairs and fisheries in 2010. She outlined elements of the future reform of Common Fisheries Policy and its timing, with the Commission hoping to have proposals on CFP reform ready for adoption by the College by summer 2011. She also addressed fisheries partnership agreements, the market dimension of the CFP and Individually Tradable Rights (ITRs).
Among the key points addressed, regionalization was discussed intensely, emphasizing the attention given by the Council to direct stakeholder involvement, bottom-up approaches and the design of regional entities per sea basin.

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