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FARNET at the European Maritime Day 2010

EMD 2010 logoOn May 21, the FARNET Support Unit organised a workshop at the 3rd European Maritime Day Stakeholder Conference in Gijon (Spain) on “the role of local partnerships in developing innovative and sustainable strategies in fisheries areas”.

The workshop, which heard from Juan Ignacio Gandarias, the Spanish Director General of Fisheries, Francois Maïtia, the Vice President of Aquitaine, Jesper Raakjer, Head of the Innovative Fisheries Research Centre in Denmark and Rosa Chapela Head of Socioeconomics CETMAR, Galicia, concluded with three key messages.

Portuguese President attends the first national meeting of FLAG administrators in Portugal

On May 7th, 21 administrators of the seven Portuguese FLAGs, along with a representative and the coordinator of the Portuguese EFF managing body (PROMAR) met in Peniche, one of the main fishing ports in Portugal and home to the FLAG Oeste, which organised the day. The meeting was opened by the President of the Republic Mr. Aníbal Cavaco Silva who took part within the framework of the country´s 3rd “Roteiro das Comunidades Locais Inovadoras” Campaign (Roadmap for Local Innovative Communities), underlining the importance of the work developed by local fisheries communities and all Axis 4 stakeholders. This fruitful meeting aimed to optimize both the FLAGs’ operational processes and promote national cooperation. The meeting resulted in a consolidation of the relationship between FLAGs and with the Managing Authority and underscored a strong will on the part of the FLAGs to work in a collaborative way and towards common goals, despite the different socio-economic and environmental contexts of their areas.   

 

FARNET Support Unit attends the world´s largest seafood fair, the Brussels Euroseafood Exhibition.

On April 28th, the FSU team took the opportunity to meet with important actors in the seafood business including SMEs and other actors involved in the day-to-day management of fisheries around Europe.

Amongst others, the FSU was introduced to Benoit Guerin (Secretary-General of the Regional Advisory Council (RAC) for the South Western Waters), Xoan Lopez and Benito González Sineiro, Secretary-General and President respectively of the Galician Federation of Fishing Organisations (“confradías”). A promising meeting which focused on the ad-hoc group for traditional and small scale fisheries of the South Western Waters RAC. Building on common goals of both structures, various forms of cooperation were discussed, including FARNET´s assistance in facilitating links between the South Western Waters RAC and the FLAGs which could benefit from and bring their own experience to its work. 

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The South Western Waters Regional Advisory Council

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FLAGs state of play - February 2014: 312 FLAGs

In February 2014, a total of 312 FLAGs are now active in 21 Member States. 

 

On the move: 90 FLAGs meet in Gijon

More than 150 people, representing 90 Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) as well as Axis 4 Managing Authorities and other stakeholders from across the EU, met in Gijon (Spain) on the 24-26 March 2010. The "FLAGs on the move" seminar provided participants in Axis 4 with a first opportunity to network and exchange views on topics of common interest. In particular, four thematic workshops focused on issues relating to strategies, partnerships, links with LEADER, and attracting private investment.

Romania expecting up to 10 FLAG proposals

Proposals for up to 10 FLAGs are now expected in Romania, following initial awareness raising and capacity building initiatives in the programme’s three target regions. The Romanian authorities have allocated around €100 million to Axis 4, which will target three priority regions: Tulcea on the Danube Delta; Constansa on the Black Sea coast; and Craiova on the banks of the Danube. These are all areas of high environmental importance, characterised by the existence of small communities strongly linked to small-scale fishing and traditional aquaculture.

Focus Groups in Portugal and Estonia

In February, FARNET focus groups took place in Estonia and Portugal. Targeting FLAG members and other Axis 4 stakeholders, the meetings aimed to assess the ambitions and support needs of FLAGs in these countries. These latest focus groups, co-organised by FARNET geographical experts, included the participation of the relevant managing authorities, the National Network in Estonia and the “Minha terra” rural network in Portugal. This gave FLAGs the opportunity to discuss their ideas and concerns directly with the European and national support structures.

FARNET at the European Seafood Exposition - 27/29.04.2010

The FARNET Support Unit will be present at this year’s European Seafood Exposition, which takes place in Brussels from the 27th to 29th April 2010. The exposition is the world's largest seafood fair, attracting buyers and sellers from over 140 countries around the world and featuring the stands of over 1600 exhibitors. The FARNET Support Unit will be there to present Axis 4 and to explain how it can promote the sustainable development of fisheries areas in Europe. Further details.

Selecting effective strategies

The second meeting of Axis 4 managing authorities took place on 19 February 2010 and focused on the selection of effective strategies for fisheries areas. Opening the meeting, Mr Stephanos Samaras, Head of Unit at DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, underlined the importance of fostering and selecting good quality local strategies, which he described as “one of the three founding blocks of territorial development”. He also stressed the need for managing authorities to ensure a proper qualitative assessment of strategies, rather than relying purely on quantitative or administrative assessments.