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FLAG factsheet - Italy - Gargano Mare

Offical name: 
GAC Gargano Mare
South East Gargano
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Description of the area and its main challenges

The area of the Gargano Mare FLAG, the largest of the Apulian FLAGs, is located in the maritime district of Manfredonia and includes the territories of Vieste, Monte Sant'Angelo, Mattinata, Manfredonia, Zapponeta and Margherita di Savoia. The area is characterised by landscapes of outstanding natural beauty, linked with an organic system of protected areas and Natura 2000 sites. Fishing in the area has a strong historical, cultural and socio-economic value, especially in Manfredonia. The fisheries sector in the area, and in particular in Manfredonia, has always made an important contribution to the local economy. In this context, the main challenge is to maintain and develop the sector, and revitalize the fisheries area through actions designed to:

- strengthen its competitiveness;
- improve the processing of fisheries products on board vessels;
- diversify by enhancing pesca-tourism and ictiotourism activities;
- support the creation of services for local small-scale fisheries and tourism;
- protect and promote the environment in the fisheries area.

Population: 106 662                                                                             Employment in fisheries: 869

Surface area/km²: 911                                                                       Coastal or inland: coastal

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 160                                   Protected areas: National Park of Gargano, ZPS, SIC and UNESCO sites. 

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy focuses on the implementation of an integrated local development approach that is based on exploiting the specificities and productive potential of local resources through the consolidation of the area’s political, economic and social assets.

The strategy is divided into three main action lines:

- Maintenance of the socio-economic prosperity of the area and the development of fisheries products and aquaculture;
- Sustainable development of the coastal environment;
- Promoting national and transnational cooperation between fisheries areas.

Environmental Management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority): 2

Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1-5): 3

Diversification into other activities (1-5): 5

Improving production of underutilized species (1-5): 3

Project examples and ideas

- Diversification of fisheries activities by promoting fishing tourism and ittiturismo;

- Actions aimed at adding value to fisheries products, initiatives which involve presenting fisheries products to the public, especially lesser-known species;

- Support to local authorities for the creation of services for small-scale fisheries, and to support tourism development in areas that depend on fishing;

- Protection of the environment in the fisheries area, in order to maintain its attractiveness but also to revitalize its natural heritage.


Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity: GAC Gargano Mare

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership: Municipalities of Vieste, Monte di Sant´ Angelo, Mattinata, Manfredonia, Zapponeta, Margherita di Savoia; Fisheries Associations of Agci Agrital, Federpesca, Federcoopesca, LegaPesca, O.P. Ittici Sud Adriatico, O.P.Molluschicoltura Golfo di Manfredonia; Coldiretti (National Confederation of Farmers); Cooperative Credit Bank of San Giovanni Rotondo and ConfCommercio (Italian General Confederation of Trade).

Links with LEADER: No

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

% of fisheries actors: 40

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 20

% of environmental actors: 0

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 15

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 15

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 2


Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013:                                   € 1 970 000

EFF:                                                                                            €    985 000

Other public (national/ regional/ provincial):                                  €    985 000

FLAG Manager: 
Giovanni Schiavone
Other contact: 
President: Angelillis Antonio
S.P. 141 delle Saline – km. 7,200 – 71043 Manfredonia (FG) - Italy
info (at) / gacgarganomare (at)
+ 39 0884 571500
+39 0884 571500
Languages spoken: 
Italian, English