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"Sustainable futures for fisheries areas" - Brussels, November 2011

More than 350 participants gathered in Brussels on November 3rd and 4th for the two day event, "Sustainable Futures for Fisheries Areas", organised by FARNET and the European Commission.

FLAG representatives, Axis 4 project holders, European and international institutions... all joined to witness and discuss many innovative paths that can help European fisheries areas look to the future: adding value to fisheries products and food processing, tourism, environmental protection, the knowledge-based economy, cultural heritage… a bounty of opportunities to diversify the local economy in fisheries areas and benefit fishing communities.

Throughout this event, an interactive exhibition as well as a series of thematic working groups and discussions offered the opportunity for networking, exchange and capacity building between local and global actors. You can find out more about the projects featured in the exhibition in FARNET Magazine n° 5 (page12).

You will find the presentations, participants list and first outputs of the conference in the table below.

“Sustainable futures for fisheries areas"

 A conference on the opportunities and first achievements of Axis 4 of the EFF

Thursday 3rd November: Challenges, first responses and visions for the future

  • Welcome address by Ms. Lowri Evans , Director General of Maritime and Fisheries affairs
  • Introduction video: Axis 4, a source of opportunities for the future of European Fisheries Areas


  • Challenges and local solutions: video testimonies of projects from fisheries communities
Four videos present different projects from Spain, Germany, France and Denmark and show the diversity and opportunities of Axis 4. You can watch them on the FARNET Youtube channel but also download them from the DG MARE website after registration.
27 Percebeiros, SpainFisch vom Kutter, Germany Pescatourisme 83, FranceNew seaweed products, Denmark


Friday 4th November: Steps for success


Workshops: Exploring Axis 4


IT and new technologies

FSU Meyer Courvoisier 
Women in fisheries areasSabbasen



Getting your message acrossFSU Holmyard Soster 
Tourism including pescatourismBellia Gerber Saabye 
What is this Axis 4 thing?FSU



FLAGs and local governanceFSU / Phillipson
Regional cooperationFSUTaanila


Conclusions and next steps
  • video of the conclusions