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A Heritage Trail gives fishing communities a boost


Fishing communities of County Down in Northern Ireland have been struggling in recent times but the initiative ‘Maritime Heritage Tourism Infrastructure and Communication Project’ was able to give the region a major boost, particularly in the three port towns of Ardglass, Kilkeel and Portavogie.


FISCHtival of cultures: a colourful and international event with food and music as bridges for the integration of migrants

 FISCHtival, the open air festival of concerts and food organized by the FLAG Tirschenreuth in the summer of 2015, had not expected to provide such a transformation to the local community.

Fishermen acquire new knowledge and skills

 During a public consultation on the development of the Larnaca Famagusta FLAG strategy (2007/2014), local fishermen expressed a desire to acquire new knowledge and skills in areas that would help them to diversify their sources of income.

Innovation in goose barnacle traceability



The harvesting of goose barnacles (Pollicipes pollicipes) is an important economic activity in the Berlengas archipelago, located north of Lisbon around the Peniche peninsula. With prices fetching up to €25-30/kg (2015 prices), it provides a major source of income in local coastal communities, but is also subject to strong pressure from illegal harvesting.


Reviving the tradition of fish markets in Gdansk


Three FLAGs from the Pomorskie region have helped create a new platform for fishermen to promote and sell their products by reviving the ancient tradition of the fish market, which had previously existed in Gdansk from 1343 until 1945. The market is open in August, at the height of the tourist season. 


O Cabaz do Mar - Getting closer to the customer


The “Cabaz do mar” or basket of the sea is a short chain marketing scheme set up by a partnership between TAIPA, a local development company, and an association of inhabitants and fishermen in Azenha do Mar.


Boat stories: catching the human side of fisheries


To help preserve and promote the local fishing communities of North Devon, UK, Boat stories set sail with the North Devon FLAG in 2014 to make 10 short films telling the personal stories of those living and working with boats in the area.


The human touch for open communication

 A year prior to the launch of her Axis 4 supported research on social relationships and communication in fisheries communities, Monica Palladino was on holiday on the Costa Viola, a part of the Calabrian coast hosting several fisheries strongholds.

Sponging up pollution

 Marine sponges are filter feeder organisms known to accumulate metallic trace elements and digest fecal bacteria from the marine environment. That’s why academic researchers from the LBCM (Université de Bretagne Sud) teamed up with shellfish farmers to explore the filtration capacities of marine sponges to improve sea-water quality in shellfish farming areas.

Legends of Kitka: videogamers, get ready to fish!

 In 2013, to limit the proliferation of “fake” products using the name of the local fish, “Kitkan Viisas” vendace, fishermen from Kuusamo, Northern Finland, teamed up to secure its listing in the EU’s Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) scheme. To further promote this unique product, a web and mobile video game, called the Legends of Kitka, was also developed.

Vega fishing port: The auction is open!

 In Asturias, Spain, the Nuestra Señora de la Atalaya cofradía (fishermen’s organisation) has increased the tourism and cultural value of the local fisheries sector by equipping the local auction house for guided tours and educational activities.

FiskOnline: The pathway to eco-certification


FiskOnline has established a pathway for local fishermen to gain certification for the sustainability for their fishing activities.


Blue crab for blue growth in northern Greece

 In Chalastra, Greece, the local FLAG has helped two budding entrepreneurs to establish a successful seafood conditioning and processing business, specialising in live blue crab.