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FARNET Magazine n° 6 : The environment as a driver of development in Europe’s fisheries areas

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Green growth for the blue economy: why protecting the environment is good for Europe's fisheries areas

The protection and sustainable management of environmental resources should not be seen only as a constraint, but also as a means of safeguarding a key asset, and an increasingly important source of jobs and development in fisheries areas.

Report: All in the same boat  

In the Pays d’Auray (France), an area facing severe pressure due to the escalating price of land, Axis 4 of the EFF is supporting the efforts of shellfish growers, fishermen, farmers and other local stakeholders to preserve the local environment, water quality and primary coastal activities

Interview: Jacqueline McGlade, excecutive Director of the European Environment Agency

Report: Exploring new paths 

On the western coast of the province of Huelva in Andalusia, Axis 4 of the EFF is investing in projects that combine environmental restoration with the professional redeployment of fishermen.

Trade winds

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

Spotlight: sustainability at the core of the new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

This article identifies some of the main building blocks of the EMFF with a particular focus on the implications for the environment and the sustainable development of fisheries areas


FARNET Newsletter 2012-05

  • What FLAGs for the future?
  • French FLAGs engage in ICZM process
  • Romania approves 14 FLAGs
  • Bulgaria finalises FLAG selection
  • Ireland selects its first FLAGs
  • Young film makers go on location
  • Focus on green growth in fisheries areas
  • State of play: 254 FLAGS with approved strategies
  • Forthcoming events and activities
  • Other news

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FARNET Newsletter 2012-03



  • FLAGs as drivers of green growth
  • Improving coordination of EU funds: cooperation between LAGs and FLAGs
  • A charter for FLAG cooperation in the Mediterranean
  • New FLAG network in Western Poland
  • Twelve new FLAGs in Scotland
  • Focus on Ostrobothnia, Finland
  • FARNET "buzzing" on the social networks
  • State of play: 242 FLAGS with approved strategies
  • Forthcoming events and activities        
  • Other news

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Improving coordination of EU funds: cooperation between Leader LAGs and FARNET FLAGs

In a recent draft regulation, the European Commission has proposed that four major funds should work together in the next period to support “community led local development” following the lines of the LEADER model. The Commission argues that community led local development (CLLD) “will be a powerful tool… as it can mobilize and involve local communities and organizations as well as citizens to fully contribute to national and European wide objectives”. Right now, over a hundred of Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) are already working hand in hand with LEADER local action groups (LAGs) to promote more sustainable paths of development in their areas. Their experience offers many lessons for the future.

Focus on fisheries activities in Ostrobothnia, Finland

In Ostrobothnia, Finland, the fisheries sector is currently experiencing a period of intensive development, with notable successes in areas such as the tanning of fish skin, fishing for cyprinids and the processing of bream. This development is being supported by the local FLAG, which is seeking to promote small scale fisheries business and to develop the market for wild-caught fish.  

There is a strong demand for fish products in Finland and fish processing industries are generally doing well, but most of this demand is currently being met by farmed and imported fish. “A mere 7% of our fish consumption is from wild fish caught by professional fishermen,” explains  Guy Svanbäck, Executive Manager of the Ostrobothnian Fisheries Association.

FARNET Managing Authorities meeting 15-16.02.2012

MAs prepare for transition to the next programming period

The FSU hosted a meeting for representatives from MAs and NNs on the 15th and 16th of February 2012 which addressed the challenges they face in the transition between the current and forthcoming programmes including the coordination demands implied by the proposed Partnership Contracts. The meeting brought together around 50 participants, including MAs from around Europe, the European Commission and FSU team members. In particular, the presentations and working group sessions focused on addressing the implications of the Common Strategic Framework and the Partnership Contracts as well as the implications of the proposed EMFF for Community Led Local Development in fisheries areas. Participants took account of MA, FLAG and Network perspectives as they worked through the practical challenges and timing considerations associated with preparing for the next period. The meeting also included short sessions on the facilitating of lists of all Axis 4 projects by each Member State and on Axis 4 publicity and visibility. 

Charter for Mediterranean FLAG Cooperation

In December 2011, 18 Mediterranean FLAGs from France, Spain, Greece and Cyprus signed a Charter for Mediterranean cooperation. This step has formalized their wish to work together around common objectives and sets a framework for common actions, working methods and promotion. Initial actions foreseen include environmental and educational activities as well as promotional actions for local fisheries products and fisheries-related tourism. However, the scope of the Charter for Mediterranean FLAG Cooperation remains open to further projects that contribute to the development of Mediterranean fisheries areas. 

FARNET Newsletter 2012-01



  • A new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund
  • Managing the transition to a new funding period
  • Ireland on course to select six FLAGs
  • New FLAGs approved in Italy
  • Exploring opportunities in the environmental sector
  • Danish FLAGs meet coastal fishermen
  • New FARNET guide to diversification
  • State of play: 220 FLAGS with approved strategies
  • Forthcoming events and activities        

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FARNET Newsletter 2011-11



  • Sustainable futures for fisheries areas
  • French FLAGs look to the future
  • Mediterranean cooperation projects get underway
  • Second round of Polish FLAGs selected
  • Nordic-Baltic meetinf of rural and fisheries networks
  • New German network of fisheries areas
  • Bulgarian meeting
  • New FARNET publication: Steps for success
  • Catch of the day!
  • State of play: 211 FLAGS with approved strategies           

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FARNET Guide #5: Diversification of Fisheries Areas

The current socio-economic challenges facing the European fisheries call for a wide range of measures to improve the livelihoods of fishermen and their families, as well as other inhabitants of fisheries communities. One option opened up by Axis 4 of the EFF is the economic diversification of fisheries areas.

This guide is addressed to those FLAGs which include diversification as one of the objectives of their strategies, as well as for potential beneficiaries wishing to implement diversification projects. It aims to address questions around why and how to diversify fisheries areas and includes an overview of different diversification options which can be adapted to help fishing communities around Europe build stronger economies for the future.

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