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An introduction to Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund                                            
The Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) provides support for the sustainable development of fisheries areas. It supports measures to promote economic diversification and an improved quality of life in areas affected by a decline in fishing activities. An important innovation in the implementation of Axis 4 is the emphasis on the territorial approach, which encourages a focus on specific areas and seeks to mobilise local actors from all sectors: public, private and civil society, to work together as FLAGs (Fisheries Local Action Groups) to design and implement integrated local development strategies.   

Ecotourism in a protected area, FLAG Sotavento, Portugal

 Ria Formosa is a natural park at the southern tip of Portugal. This fragile ecosystem is composed of tidal marshes and islands, where fishing and shellfish production remain important economic activities. This short video clip tells the story of a local shellfish producer, who had to reduce the scale of his operation to comply with environmental protection measures, and because of low profitability, but subsequently filled the gap by developing a complementary business providing eco-tours. Thanks to support from the local FLAG, João Sabino successfully developed and launched his eco-tourism project within the Ria Formosa natural park. By bringing tourists onto his shellfish concession, and explaining the history and environmental features of the area, João is now able to complement and integrate his work as a producer with an activity that helps people to learn about and look at the area differently.    
     
 Total Cost: €31520
 Axis 4 contribution: €14184
 National /Regional co-financing: €4728
 Private match funding: €12608
    
     

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Pescatourisme, FLAG Var, France

This project transfers and adapts pesca-tourism experience gained in Italy to the context of fishermen in the Var, France. Over a three year period, local actors, supported by Axis 4, have worked to establish the conditions necessary to promote pesca-tourism in the area. Fishermen have worked with local and regional authorities, environmental groups and the tourism department of the Var in order to put in place appropriate safety rules, ensure the necessary adaptations to fishing boats, and develop a coordinated tourist offer that could be promoted through the local tourist offices. Between 2009 and 2010 a total of 12 boats were equipped and approved for pesca-tourism activities. The fishermen involved have been seeing additional revenue of 30-70% for days when they take tourists out to demonstrate their profession.    
     

• Total cost: €277 590 
• FLAG contribution: 31.9% (€86 140)
• Regional match-funding:

Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur: 52.4%
The Var Département: 10.5%
The "Communauté d'agglomération" (inter-municipal body) of Toulon -- Provence -- Méditerranée: 5.2%

     

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New seaweed products, FLAG Bornholm & FLAG Small Islands, Denmark

 Danish waters produce high quality seaweed which, until now, has not been exploited commercially as there is no tradition of eating seaweed in Denmark. However, with the recent growth in the sushi market and New Nordic Cuisine, the Danish Small Islands FLAG and the Bornholm FLAG, both situated in remote areas where depopulation and a loss of business opportunities are serious concerns, have identified a new opportunity: the two FLAGs are cooperating in a project to create and develop a range of new local products that use seaweed as a raw material. 
This project brings together local producers, including fish farmers, mussel growers and processors to promote the sustainable cultivation, harvesting and processing of seaweed.
   
     
• Axis 4 contribution: €84 492 (70% small island FLAG - 30% Bornholm FLAG)
• National co-financing: €13 411 
• Other public match-funding: (Danish Food Industry Agency) Marketing €17 435 
• Private: Southern Funen National Park Project €40 234 and voluntary work: € 2 682
    
     

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Fisch vom Kutter, FLAG Ostseeküste, Germany

Jan Meyer has been fishing since 1973, but with the evolution of the fishing industry, he has increasingly seen low or highly fluctuating prices for species such as cod or flounder, which are generally sold via wholesale. This project aims to tackle this issue by selling part of the catch directly to the final customer. By developing an innovative new website, Jan and his son are now able to inform customers about their catch in "real time". On the website, fishermen can send details of their catch via SMS while at sea and customers can see where, when and what fish are available. Coupled with information boards at the landing sites and a brochure, "Fisch vom Kutter", the project is increasing the amount and value of direct sale of freshly caught fish in the region of Ostseeküste, as well as fostering links between producers and customers.

   
     
Total Cost: approx. €21 000
Axis 4 contribution: €9 600
National /Regional co-financing: €
Private match funding: in kind and voluntary work
    
     

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27 Percebeiros, FLAG Ría de Vigo, Spain

Axis 4 played a fundamental role in supporting a group of 27 shellfish gatherers to set up a company that would develop and market new products from goose barnacles, a highly sought after shellfish in Spain. The new products include natural canned barnacles and barnacle pâté with seaweed, which are now sold in gourmet outlets around the country. The idea is to add value to smaller sized barnacles, which are harvested to avoid them colonising the larger and more profitable barnacles but which fetch a considerably lower price. The project has taken these 27 barnacle gatherers into new areas of activity in which they are learning new skills and set to generate extra revenue while strengthening the market for their raw material. This project cost EUR 131 667 and received a grant of EUR 45 833 from the Ría de Vigo FLAG (ES07).    
     
• Total Cost: €131 667 (of which €91 667.00 eligible for Axis 4 funding)
• Axis 4 contribution: €27 958.44
• National /Regional co-financing: €8 937.53 (nat) + €8 937.53 (reg)
• Private match-funding: €45 833.50
    
     

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