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FLAG factsheet - Italy - Cilento Coast

Offical name: 
Costa del Cilento
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Description of the area and its main challenges

The FLAG territory covers the coastal municipalities of Agropoli, Ascea, Camerota, Casal Velino, Castellabate, Centola, Hispanic, Montecorice, Pisciotta, Pollica, San Giovanni a Piro, San Mauro Cilento, Santa Marina, Sapri and Vibonati, all of which fall within the Cilento Park and the Vallo di Diano, which is included in the UNESCO list of world heritage sites and is part of the MAB Biosphere reserve programme. Renowned for its natural beauty, unique landscape and the quality of the bathing water, the Cilento coast received blue flag status in 2011, with more than 10 of the FLAG municipalities deemed to meet the necessary criteria.

The fishing industry has a long tradition in the area and has always been one of the main sources of income for the local population. However, nowadays, the sector is in decline and its supply chain is not well adapted to the needs and potential of the territory.
One of the main challenges facing the area is to integrate fisheries and the tourism sector, which has considerable potential in the area, and to improve the collaboration between the two industries in order to enhance integrating activities such as “ittiturismo” and pesca-tourism.

Population: 79 970                                                                                      Employment in fisheries: 280

Surface area/km²: 459                                                                              Coastal or inland: coastal

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 174                                              Protected areas: 3

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The main goal of the Cilento Coast FLAG strategy is to set up a system for integrated local development that promotes fish, agri-food and artisanal production, as well as tourism development, while ensuring environmental, social and economic sustainability.

More specifically, the strategy focuses on the following four objectives:
1. Maintaining the socio-economic welfare of the area and adding value to fishery and aquaculture products;
2. Creating and maintaining jobs in the fisheries areas through support for diversification or economic and social restructuring in areas facing socio-economic problems related to changes in the fisheries sector;
3. Protecting the quality of the coastal environment;
4. Promoting national and transnational cooperation between fisheries areas.

Environmental Management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority): 3

Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1-5): 4

Diversification into other activities (1-5): 4

Project examples and ideas

- Building spaces for the direct sale of fisheries products;
- Actions to contribute to the transparency of fisheries markets and aquaculture products, including traceability, through the adoption of methods such as labeling and packaging;
- Promoting the fishing and maritime industry through integrated marketing activities, events, tours and excursions;
- Support for the development of various forms of eco-tourism and fishing tourism;
- Rehabilitation of the seabed and raising awareness among sea users of policies to protect marine habitats and improve the state of fish stocks.


Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity: Municipality of Castellabate

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership: Municipalities of San Giovanni a Piro, Camerota, Pisciotta, Agropoli, Casalvelino, Vibonati, Montecorice, San Mauro Cilento, Ispani, Sapri, Ascea, Pollica, Santa Marina and Centola; Ente National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano; Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Salerno; Marine Protected Area Costa Infreschi and Masseta; Marine Protected Area Santa Maria di Castellabate; Legambiente; Cilento tourism; European Movement Making Environment; Ass . Seaside Camerota; Hippocampus Consortium Fish; Giannetti Diving Service; Unci Fishing; Porto Palinuro Cooperative; UILA Fishing; Strength 7 coop arl; Lega Coop. Campania; AGCI Pesca Agrital; Cilento Sea arl; Con. Coop. Fishermen Cala Bianca; Soc. Provincial Fishermen; Soc. Aquamarine; Confcooperative Federcopesca; Soc. Fishermen of the Lower Tyrrhenian Sea; the Mediterranean Tuna Consortium PO.

Links with LEADER: Yes, several actions of the FLAG strategy will be implemented in collaboration with the local LAG.

% of public actors (on the decision-making board): 40

% of fisheries actors: 40

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 0

% of environmental actors: 20

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 38

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 8

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 1 part-time


Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013:                               € 1 712 273.00

EFF:                                                                                        €    856 136.50

Other public (national/ regional):                                              €    856 136.50

FLAG Manager: 
Salvatore Marisei
Other contact: 
President: Costabile Spinelli
Piazza Lucia, C.A.P. 84072 - Santa Maria di Castellabate (SA), Italy
comune.castellabate (at)
+39 0974962311
+39 0974961188
Languages spoken: 
Italian, English