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Reviving the tradition of fish markets in Gdansk

Three FLAGs from the Pomorskie region have helped create a new platform for fishermen to promote and sell their products by reviving the ancient tradition of the fish market, which had previously existed in Gdansk from 1343 until 1945. The market is open in August, at the height of the tourist season. Fishermen and fishmongers make their way to the market area in the centre of Gdansk’s old town in traditional fishing boats, wearing traditional costumes. Once on site, they organise a host of activities, including fish-tasting and fish-selling, culinary demonstrations and contests (filleting, rolling-up etc.), the showcasing of traditional net-mending and boat-making skills, as well as an open-air exhibition.

The event was organised for the first time in August 2013 and was held again in August 2014. The experience shows that selling fresh fish directly from the boat can attract additional clients, creating a new market. This has helped to convince local fishermen to set up a permanent fish stand. The project has also helped to promote cooperation between fishermen and organisations involved in maintaining fisheries heritage, and to raise the profile of the three cooperating FLAGs. If the participating FLAGs continue to operate in the new funding period, the intention is to make this a regular event.

Quote from Daniel Lessnau, North Kaszuby FLAG manager: “The project has succeeded in convincing fishermen that it can work for them, that a fish market in Gdansk can help increase their income. Fishermen who sold their fresh fish straight from the boat during the “Fischmarkt” saw an income several times higher than when selling their fish in the harbour. The first two “Fischmarkts” were “one-off” events, but from now on we would like to make this a regular activity”.   

Project information

Lead/coordinating organisation: North Kaszuby FLAG

Project location: Gdańsk, Pomeranian region, Poland

Timeframe of implementation: August 2013 (1st edition) and August 2014 (2nd edition)

Total project cost: € 20 600 (1st edition)

EU contribution (EFF Axis 4): €15 500

Other public contribution (national budget): €5100

Total project cost: €16 000 (2nd edition)

EU contribution (EFF Axis 4): €12 000

Other public contribution (national budget): €4 000

FLAG supporting the project: The North Kaszuby FLAG in cooperation with the Kaszuby FLAG and the Vistula Lagoon FLAG

Contact details and links to further project information: North Kaszuby FLAG:, e-mail: biuro (at)