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FLAG factsheet - Italy - FLAG Terre di Mare

Offical name: 
GAC Terre di Mare
Molfetta, Bisceglie and Giovinazzo
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Description of the area and its main challenges

The FLAG area covers the municipalities of Molfetta, Bisceglie and Giovinazzo. It extends to 170.51 Km2,with a 30.41 Km long coastline along the Adriatic Sea. The local economy is based on fishing, agriculture, industry and commerce. The main objective of the FLAG is to facilitate diversification of the local economy and to improve the quality of life of the area’s inhabitants. Special attention will be given to the tourism, fisheries, wine and food sectors.  

Population: 39 549                                                                Employment in fisheries: 776

Surface area/km²: 170.51                                                    Coastal or inland: coastal

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 231.9                      Protected areas: N/A

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The FLAG’s development strategy is based on the revival of the local fishing community by providing fishermen with the tools and opportunities to modernise the sector, through an approach that respects the principles of environmental, social, economic and institutional sustainability. It also focuses on enhancing the area and its fisheries resources, and preserving and fostering long-term and quality employment.

Specific objectives of the strategy include:

1. Strengthening the competitiveness of the fisheries sector;

2. Restructuring and diversifying the fisheries sector;

3. Adding value to local fisheries products;

4. Supporting infrastructure and services for fishing and tourism;

5. Protecting the environment and revitalizing fishing areas;

6. Promoting interregional and transnational cooperation.


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

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

Diversification into other activities (1-5): 5

Valorization of the local fish production and of species with less commercial value (1-5): 4

Project examples and ideas

- Actions to foster direct sales and short distribution chains;
- A pilot project aiming at reducing fuel consumption by improving fishing practices(coordinated project involving six FLAGs);
- Developing Pescatourism and Ictiotourism (accommodation in converted traditional fishermen’s homes); 
- Fostering the recovery of deteriorated traditional coastal villages.


Lead Partner or Responsible Legal Entity: Molfetta Municipality

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership: Province of Bari, Province of Barletta-Andria-Trani, municipalities of Molfetta, Giovinazzo and Bisceglie, ANCI Puglia (Association of Municipalities of Puglia), Federpesca (cooperative), Federcoopesca Confcooperative Puglia (cooperative), Lega Pesca (National Association of Fisheries Cooperatives), AGCI Agrital – Settore Agro-ittico alimentare (agrifood sector), Coldiretti Puglia Regional Federation, National Observatory of Fisheries, UNCI Pesca Puglia (National Union of Cooperatives of Fisheries and Aquaculture), UILA Pesca Regionale della Puglia (trade union), Società Porto Molfetta, Consorzio Mercato Ittico Molfetta, Consorzio Cantieri Navali Molfetta, Associazione  Ristoratori “Le nuove banchine”  Molfetta, S.I.B. Assobalneari (private company), Centro Velico Giovinazzo A.S.D. (sailing club), Consorzio di Bisceglie per la tutela e la valorizzazione della filiera ittica (NGO), Bisceglie Approdi, Centro Studi Bisceglie.

Links with LEADER:            

Different actions of the FLAG’s strategic plan will be implemented in cooperation with the LAG Ponte lama and Fior d’Olivi

% of public actors (on the decision-making board): 38

% of fisheries actors: 38   

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 24

% of environmental actors: 0

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 23

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 10

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 1


Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013:      € 1 341 667

EFF:                                                               €    670 833.50

Other public (national/ regional/ provincial):    €    670 833.50

Private:                                                         €    120 899.04

FLAG Manager: 
Angelo Farinola
Other contact: 
President: Pantaleo Silvestri
Via San Domenico, 36, 70056 Molfetta, BA, Italy
gacterredimare (at)
+390802146387 / +393935012797
Languages spoken: 
Italian, English