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FARNET Magazine n° 4: Diversifying Europe's fisheries areas


Download n°4 - Spring-Summer 2011

The need to diversify fisheries areas in Europe

Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) aims to help the inhabitants of fisheries areas to improve their livelihoods by developing new activities. Zoom on Andalusia.

Report: Surfing on a wave of innovation

The central-west coast of Portugal is exploring new opportunities for diversification in fishing, tourism and cultural heritage.

Interview: Katia Frangoudes

Katia Frangoudes is a researcher and founding member of AKTEA, the European Network of Women's Organisations in Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Report: Back to the islands

Upstream projects to diversify fishing in the Stockholm archipelago (Sweden).

Trade winds

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

Spotlight: New prospects for Poland's fisheries areas

How is Poland using its Axis 4 funds? Three questions to Kazimierz Plocke, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.



FARNET Magazine n° 3: Adding value to local fisheries products


Download n°3 - Autumn-Winter 2010

Getting more from less

By adding value to fisheries products, fishing businesses can boost
their revenue and profitability without necessarily increasing the size
of their catch.

Report: Closer to the consumer

There is a significant market in the Netherlands for fresh seafood products
and fish-based pre-prepared dishes. We look at examples of initiatives in Flevoland and North-Holland.

Interview: Michel Delebarre

Michel Delebarre is President of the Territorial Cohesion Commission
(COTER) at the Committee of the Regions.

Report: From a partnership to a network

The Bassin d’Arcachon – Val de l’Eyre FLAG aims to develop and promote
the work of local food producers through the creation of a regional

Trade winds

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

Spotlight: Counting on experience in Latvia

24 fisheries local action groups are drawing on their experience
of implementing the Leader programme to ensure the
success of Axis 4.

Event: 90 FLAGs meet in Gijón

The “FLAGs on the move” seminar provided participants with a first
opportunity to network and exchange views on topics of common



FARNET Magazine n° 2: Local strategies for global challenges

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Looking beyond the horizon

The strategic planning process provides a unique opportunity for all stakeholders in fisheries areas to come together to agree on a long term vision.

Report : The strategy of synergy .

Fishing and rural development in Ostrobothnia (Finland)

Interview : Danuta Hübner

Chair of the Committee on Regional Development in the European Parliament and former European Commissioner for Regional Policy.

Report : Building on success.

Axis 4 strengthening development along the Galician coast (Spain).

The Polish capacity building programme

The Polish authorities drew heavily on the experience of Leader
in designing a capacity building programme for local fisheries areas.

FARNET experts explore added value of territorial approach

A recent meeting of the FARNET advisory group brought together
experts to explore the potential role of the territorial approach
in addressing the major challenges facing the EU’s fisheries areas.

FARNET Magazine n° 1: New opportunities for Europe’s fisheries areas

Download n°1 - Autumn-Winter 2009    

The best is yet to come

Axis 4 of the EFF represents a radical shift in EU fisheries policy, introducing a new territorial emphasis into what has traditionally been a very sectoral programme.

North Jutland: Focusing on added value

The fisheries areas of North Jutland, Denmark, are focusing on quality and making better use of local products and services to create more and better jobs.

Interview: Cesar Deben, Director of “Policy Development and Coordination” at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Getting started on the ground: messages from Pärnu

In June 2009, the European Commission organised a seminar in Pärnu, Estonia, which brought together the first fisheries local action groups from across Europe.

Building capacity in Estonia’s fisheries areas

Capacity building is a key feature of the Estonian Axis 4 programme, which is based on a two-stage selection process.

Viewpoint: Xavier Gizard, Secretary-General of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR)

FARNET is here

Over the coming years the FARNET Support Unit will work to strengthen the activities of all those people who believe that fisheries areas can develop a new and more sustainable future.