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Diversification

Ecotourism in a protected area, FLAG Sotavento, Portugal

 Ria Formosa is a natural park at the southern tip of Portugal. This fragile ecosystem is composed of tidal marshes and islands, where fishing and shellfish production remain important economic activities. This short video clip tells the story of a local shellfish producer, who had to reduce the scale of his operation to comply with environmental protection measures, and because of low profitability, but subsequently filled the gap by developing a complementary business providing eco-tours. Thanks to support from the local FLAG, João Sabino successfully developed and launched his eco-tourism project within the Ria Formosa natural park. By bringing tourists onto his shellfish concession, and explaining the history and environmental features of the area, João is now able to complement and integrate his work as a producer with an activity that helps people to learn about and look at the area differently.    
     
 Total Cost: €31520
 Axis 4 contribution: €14184
 National /Regional co-financing: €4728
 Private match funding: €12608
    
     

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Pescatourisme, FLAG Var, France

This project transfers and adapts pesca-tourism experience gained in Italy to the context of fishermen in the Var, France. Over a three year period, local actors, supported by Axis 4, have worked to establish the conditions necessary to promote pesca-tourism in the area. Fishermen have worked with local and regional authorities, environmental groups and the tourism department of the Var in order to put in place appropriate safety rules, ensure the necessary adaptations to fishing boats, and develop a coordinated tourist offer that could be promoted through the local tourist offices. Between 2009 and 2010 a total of 12 boats were equipped and approved for pesca-tourism activities. The fishermen involved have been seeing additional revenue of 30-70% for days when they take tourists out to demonstrate their profession.    
     

• Total cost: €277 590 
• FLAG contribution: 31.9% (€86 140)
• Regional match-funding:

Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur: 52.4%
The Var Département: 10.5%
The "Communauté d'agglomération" (inter-municipal body) of Toulon -- Provence -- Méditerranée: 5.2%

     

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Seatrout Fyn - Online promotion of fishing tourism - FLAG Fyn - DK

The initiative, “Seatrout Fyn”, run by the ten municipalities of the Danish island of Funen, received Axis 4 support for the development of a website to promote the island as a location for recreational sea trout fishing. The multilingual website aims to provide a comprehensive range of information to make recreational fishing holidays in the area a success. The goal is to establish Funen as “the best place for inshore fishing”.

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Fishing organisation diversifies its ice production - FLAG Litoral Costa Ebre - ES

This project offers an example of how fishing organisations can be innovative in seeking to safeguard and improve their revenue by diversifying their traditional activities (in this case ice production) and tapping into new markets (tourism and restaurants).

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Supporting Orjaku Port - Hiiukala FLAG - EE

Axis 4 funding has contributed to the development of the port of Orjaku which is now a working fishing port and set to become more attractive for other sectors too.

 

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Valuing by-products of vendace roe extraction - FLAG Vänern Archipelago and Mount Kinnekulle - SE

This pilot project brings together fishermen, universities and a variety of other public and private partners to research and develop new processes to generate value from the by-products of vendace (Coregonus sp.) roe extraction.  

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Fishmeal from fish waste - FLAG Huelva - ES

This project offers an example of utilising fisheries by-products by supporting an aquaculture company to produce its own fishmeal from local fish waste.

 

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“Pilado” crab for bio-medicine - FLAG Oeste - Portugal

By looking into the biological components of the common swimming crab’s shell, this pilot project aims to increase the economic value of a resource that is presently discarded and to create market bridges between fishermen and other stakeholders of the area.

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Pescatourisme 83 - FLAG Groupe Varois - FR

This project transfers and adapts pesca-tourism experience gained in Italy to the context of the Var, France. Not only has it created a specific touristic activity that is in line with the type of fishing in the area but it has also involved the right actors to encourage the legislative evolution necessary to facilitate this activity around the French coast.

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Tanning of Fish Skin - FLAG Österbotten - FI

Have you ever imagined wearing fish? This project proves that fish is not only a valuable food source but can also provide raw material for other more durable products, such as leather for clothing items. The project promotes the tanning and multiple use of fish skin through training, the sourcing of raw material, product design and marketing.

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