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Tourism projects from FLAG Fair in Sardinia

The FARNET seminar opened with an exhibition of around 70 different projects related to tourism from the fisheries areas present at the event. Participants displayed promotional material and descriptions of projects that are helping to promote their local fisheries heritage and raise awareness of the fishing activity as well as projects creating new sources of revenue within and around fishing. Some of these included: activities linked to the fishing activity such as pesca-tourism or guided visits of aquaculture sites; improving infrastructure to make ports more attractive to tourists; support for local fish restaurants and accommodation provided by fishermen and their families; and projects that foster cooperation between the fisheries and tourist sectors to develop and market successful tourist products and services.

FARNET Magazine n° 9 : Linking fisheries to the tourism economy

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Linking fisheries to the tourism economy

Although FLAGs across Europe operate in very different environments and adopt very different strategies, an overwhelming majority have identified tourism as an essential element of their strategic approach. 

Zoom: Pesca-tourism in Sardinia (Italy)

Sardinia is among the leading regions in Europe when it comes to pesca-tourism and related activities.

Report: Fishing, an ally of low-impact tourism

The low intensity tourism that predominates in the delta of the Ebro River (Spain) draws increasingly on aspects of the fisheries sector. In addition to local gourmet products, a range of new fisheries-related tourism services are now also attracting visitors.

People: Stephanie Maes  

Report: The missing link  

In the far north of Finland, fishermen have turned to tourism to diversify and increase their income. The process began with a training programme supported by Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund.

Trade winds

Four innovative, area-based development projects in fisheries areas. 

Spotlight: Pesca-tourism around Europe 

Many FLAGs have been keen to capitalise on the potential of pesca-tourism to promote local fisheries products and attract visitors to discover their area’s fishing heritage. However, pesca-tourism often faces prohibitive legal and administrative barriers, and in some countries it is simply not permitted.

Women in Fisheries: European Parliament Study

A report commissioned by the European Parliament on women in fisheries has recently been published. Entitled "Women in fisheries: a European perspective", the report gives an overview of the current situation faced by women in the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Europe and the prerequisites for improved gender mainstreaming. It presents and discusses the available data on female employment in the sector, the problems faced by women’s fisheries organisations and their future prospects. It also proposes that the impact of the EFF on the promotion of gender equality should be evaluated, and outlines the expectations vested in the EMFF. As part of the research conducted for this study, FLAGs received a questionnaire on the importance of gender in their strategies and extent to which women are benefiting from Axis 4. 111 FLAGs responded to the questionnaire. This sample showed that 50% of FLAGs employed a female Manager while 22% of FLAG boards were made up of women. At the same time, 29% of FLAG respondents claimed to have a specific focus on women in their strategies while 19% of local projects approved had a female beneficiary or target audience.

Final report    

Axis 4 in a nutshell: a "pocket guide"

A new, user-friendly leaflet is now available, which summarises the key messages contained in the recently published FARNET Guide n° 7, “Axis 4: a tool in the hands of fisheries communities”. The leaflet explains the main features of Axis 4 and how it can be used to help fishermen, their families and communities. It provides a simple way for FLAGs and other stakeholders to better understand Axis 4, and to be better able to communicate its benefits within their community. The leaflet is available in 14 languages and will be distributed at all major FARNET events in the coming months. To order copies for distribution, please contact the FARNET Support Unit.


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FARNET Managing Authorities meeting 24-25.09.2013

 The FARNET meeting of EFF Managing Authorities in Brussels on the 24th and 25th of September as part of the regular programme of Axis 4 meetings focused on ‘Successful Programming’. The theme and agenda were developed from the Managing Authorities survey conducted by the FARNET Support Unit during the summer. Four main themes were discussed during the working groups: selection criteria and procedures for areas; selection criteria and procedures for Local Development Strategies, Network development and the definition and allocation of roles. The second day concentrated on evaluation. The group firstly heard from the CapGemini consultants who are conducting the Axis 4 study for DG Mare before inputs and working sessions on the strengthened approach to evaluation for the EMFF. There was a specific focus on the process of evaluation planning, its relevance to MAs and FLAGs and their respective roles.

FARNET Newsletter 2013-09

  • Parliament seeks changes to the EMFF and Axis 4
  • Polish FLAGs join discussion on CLLD
  • Biofuels drive cooperation between Finnish and French FLAGs
  • UK FLAG visits Fisch vom Kutter project in Germany
  • @Drecklyfish – the fish auction on Twitter
  • Andalucian FLAG network for women entrepreneurs
  • Royal visit to Holderness Coast FLAG
  • New FARNET publication: Axis 4, a tool for fisheries communities
  • FLAG input required for Axis 4 study
  • State of play: 5 836 projects and counting
  • Forthcoming events and activities
  • Other news

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What is Axis 4? The video is now available with French subtitles

With the help of the French Managing Authority (ASP) and following the request of several French FLAGs, our Axis 4 introduction video has been edited with French subtitles. Now allowing more French speaking stakeholders in fisheries areas to understand the principles and objectives of Axis 4.

Axis 4 in a nutshell? C'est par ici!

FARNET.lab "Linking fisheries to the tourism economy": Sardinia, Italy - 22-24 October 2013

This seminar was FARNET’s second lab-style event in which participants worked on a very specific theme, in this case - how to link fisheries to the tourism economy. Organised at the initiative of DG Mare and with the support of the Autonomous Region of Sardinia and the Italian Ministry of Agriculture, this transnational seminar took place in Sardinia from the 22-24 October 2013.  It brought together over 80 FLAGs from 20 different EU countries, along with members of national and regional authorities responsible for implementing Axis 4, in order to work through the process of supporting fisheries-related tourism. Dedicated working groups guided participants through three key themes: matching fisheries areas’ assets and markets; developing fisheries-related tourism products; and promoting and marketing fisheries related tourism packages. A combination of presentations and working guidance from experts from the tourism industry offered FLAGs the basic building blocks to tackle these themes as well as a chance to work through practical examples. Further presentations, a visit to see an Italian pesca-tourism boat and “itti-tourism” restaurant, and the exhibition of around 70 FLAG projects also gave participants an overview of different types of tourism projects that are helping fishing communities to tap into the potential that that tourism economy can offer.  

FARNET Guide #7: A tool in the hands of fisheries communities

 In a relatively short period, Axis 4 has already shown that it can contribute to solving some of the main challenges facing fishing communities. In just a few years, it has managed to generate several thousand projects adapted to local needs and to bring a much needed dynamism to the local level. Axis 4 is first and foremost a tool that allows fishermen and fishing communities to take their future into their own hands. This publication looks at what this means in concrete terms for fishing communities in different parts of Europe. 

Download Guide #7

                  In complement to this guide, FARNET has developed a new leaflet summing up graphically the main possibilities Axis 4 opens to local fishing communities. Click below to discover this “pocket guide” to Axis 4.

Download the leaflet in 14 languages here


FARNET Newsletter 2013-07

  • Linking fisheries and tourism
  • First meeting of UK FLAG network
  • Cooperation between northern FLAGs
  • The future of Axis 4 in Spain
  • Project selection underway in Romania
  • Croatia prepares for CLLD in the fisheries sector
  • State of play: 3 873 projects and counting!
  • Forthcoming events and activities
  • Other news

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