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FLAG factsheet - Italy - North Sardinia

Offical name: 
GAC Nord Sardegna
Northern Coast of Sardinia
Description of the area and its main challenges

The FLAG area lies on the northern coast of Sardinia, and extends from Porto Tangone to Capo Ferro, covering about 450 km of coastline (24% of the Sardinian coastline). The main professional activity is small-scale coastal fishing, which has been practiced here for centuries, often passed down from father to son. In some cases, the presence of fishermen on the coast has given rise to new communities, which have now become sought after tourist destinations, such as Stintino and the Isola Rossa (a district of Trinità d’Agultu).

Due to the different characteristics of the waters of the north coast of Sardinia, the fish caught here are very diverse and include many species not classified in the ISTAT (Italian statistics institute) surveys. The presence of three marine protected areas (Capo Caccia, Asinara-Isola Piana and La Maddalena) and three national reserves (Asinara National Reserve, Porto Conte Regional Reserve, La Maddalena National Reserve) has helped to create an ideal habitat for many species of fish, not always in demand on the market, but beneficial to the ecosystem of the entire coast. This habitat has become an attraction for tourists and has favoured recreational fishing and other related tourism activities, which have been the focus of some of the actions in the FLAG strategy. The high quality of the fish from this habitat also helps to ensure the viability of the local fishing industry and is much appreciated by local restaurants, which base their best tourist menus on the local catch.

Population: 108 170                                                                              Employment in fisheries: 2.47%

Surface area/km²: 1087.21                                                                 Coastal or inland: coastal

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 99.49                               Protected areas: In the territory of the Northern Sardinia FLAG there are three reserves (National Reserve of La Maddalena, National Reserve of Asinara Island; Regional Reserve of Porto Conte) and three marine protected areas (Capo Caccia, Asinara-Isola Piana and La Maddalena).

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The strategy aims to protect the environmental and fishery resources by safeguarding the local fleets, their customs and the traditional professions, and by improving the supply chain. The strategy focuses on the following aspects:
- Governance of the fisheries sector;
- Strengthening the supply chain and increasing the added value of fisheries products;
- Environmental protection;
- Empowerment of producers and consumers;
- Creating new networks between Northern Sardinia and other European territories.

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

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

Diversification into other activities (1-5): 5

Increased employment in the fisheries sector, production and marketing (1-5): 5

Project examples and ideas

- The creation of a common body to represent the interests of the local fisheries sector;
- The setting up of a Central Fisheries Office;
- The identification of sites for fishing tourism activities (“ittiturismo”);
- Establishing connections between the coast and inland areas: small scale infrastructure projects;
- A food and wine exhibition in Northern Sardinia, called "Everyone at the table," focusing on cassola fish and fried fish;
- One man and the sea: environmental education and information and awareness about fishing;
- Awareness-raising on the potential of producer organisations;
- Joining and creating of new networks, including cooperation with other Mediterranean countries.


Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity: Associazione GAC Nord Sardegna

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership:

Public partners: Province of Sassari and Olbia –Tempio; municipalities of Alghero, Villanova Monteleone, Stintino, Porto Torres, Sip, Castelsardo, Bassenthwaite, Badesi, Trinità d’Agultu-Vignola, Santa Teresa di Gallura, Palau and La Maddalena; University of Sassari; Chamber of Commerce of Northern Sardinia; National Park of La Maddalena and National Park dell'Asinara and Regional Park of Porto Conte.
Fisheries Associations: Ass. Armatori, Associazione Gestione Risorse del Mare, Federcoopesca, Lega Pesca, Legacoop, AGCI-Agrital, Associazioni Pescaturismo e Ittiturismo Isola Asinara, Coop. Pescatori Longonsardo, Comitato Pescatori Nord Sardegna, Acquacoltori sardi, Associazione Coordinamento Imprese Pesca, Consorzio Pescatori Golfo dell'Asinara - Porto Torres, Cooperativa di pesca "La Poseidonia" –Castelsardo, Rum Antonio e Umberto snc. and Coop. Polaris.
Social, economic and environmental associations: AGCI - Sassari General Association of Italian Cooperatives, Universuty of Sassarian Studies, Chamber of Commerce of Northern Sardinia, Confcommercio, Confcooperative, Coldiretti, Apisarda, Assonautica, Re.Mar.te.

Links with LEADER: No

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

% of fisheries actors: 31

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 29

% of environmental actors: 14

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 39

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 7

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 2


Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013:                                                     € 1 346 785.00

EFF:                                                                                                              €    673 392.50

Other public (national/ regional/ provincial):                                                    €    673 392.50



FLAG Manager: 
Silvia Solinas
Other contact: 
President: Benedetto Sechi
Via Predda Niedda, n° 18 c/o Centro Servizi – PROMOCAMERA, 07100 Sassari, Sardinia, Italy.
info (at)
+39 347 692 7806
Languages spoken: 
Italian, English, French