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Following the call published by the European Commission and the FARNET proposal to design Atlantic cooperation projects, 14 Atlantic Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) met with over 50 other stakeholders in Porto on 20 January 2015, to exchange and join experience in promoting touristic assets linked with fisheries. The key objective of this workshop was to inspire and put in motion the development of an Atlantic cooperation project: the "European Fisheries Villages Network”
The Italian dello Stretto FLAG from Calabria is urgently looking for partners for a transnational cooperation project called SHADES, or “Sustainable and Holistic Approaches to Development in European Seaboards”. The project focuses on Integrated Coastal Management (ICM and aims to facilitate an exchange of information and know-how on ICM and develop guidelines for mainstreaming integrated coastal management in partners’ areas. Please contact the FLAG by the 23rd December 2013 if this area of work is of interest to you.
The FARNET seminar opened with an exhibition of around 70 different projects related to tourism from the fisheries areas present at the event. Participants displayed promotional material and descriptions of projects that are helping to promote their local fisheries heritage and raise awareness of the fishing activity as well as projects creating new sources of revenue within and around fishing. Some of these included: activities linked to the fishing activity such as pesca-tourism or guided visits of aquaculture sites; improving infrastructure to make ports more attractive to tourists; support for local fish restaurants and accommodation provided by fishermen and their families; and projects that foster cooperation between the fisheries and tourist sectors to develop and market successful tourist products and services.
At the end of May, a delegation from Ostrobothnia, Finland, travelled to the Basque region of southwest France to explore opportunities for cooperation around common themes linked to the fisheries and biofuels sectors.
The group, which included two representatives of the Österbotten FLAG and seven members of the personnel from the Novia University of Applied Sciences in Vaasa, was hosted by Mr Frédéric Perrin, the director of the French institute for pure vegetable oils (Institut Français des Huiles Végétales Pures), IFHVP. The visit included meetings with the Côte Basque-Sud Landes FLAG in Saint Jean de Luz and a visit to the Lycée Maritime de Ciboure. The group also visited the University of Deusto in Bilbao and the fish auction in Saint Jean de Luz, and met with the leader of Adour Landes Océane, one of the two Pays represented on the Côte Basque-Sud Landes FLAG.
Download the report: a few months after this visit, the Novia University completed and published a study on the potential of biofuels in small scale fisheries. The report is available in Swedish and English
Two of Europe’s most northerly FLAGs, Tornedalen & Haparanda Archipelago (Sweden) and Gulf of Bothnia (Finland), undertook a study visit to the Northern and Eastern Lapland FLAG area, in the north of Finland, from the 15-17 April.
The visit was hosted by the local FLAG and the Lokka Fishermen’s Cooperative and over the course of the three days the visitors learned about the activities of the cooperative and how it manages to sell fish products from the remote village of Lokka in the north of Finland to markets in the south of the country. They also learned about the benefits in terms of local employment, with whole families sometimes engaged in fishing.
Two Polish FLAGs, Slowinska and North Kaszuby, are working together on a cooperation project on “Diversifying fisheries activities and promoting good practices”. The first step of the project was a conference organised in Wladyslawowo, with participants from the two partner FLAGs, as well as from some Swedish and Estonian groups. The second stage involved a study visit to Finland to get acquainted with FLAG activities there, and the kinds of support being offered to fishermen. There was also an interesting exchange about challenges facing the fisheries sector in Poland and Finland, as well as visits to some local projects.
This initiative has led to the publication of a brochure presenting diversification good practices in European fisheries areas.(PL)
We want to make a video report on “Sustainable fisheries (and aquaculture)”. This reportage would be made by 9 young people from France who have already been chosen. We have some idea of destination: Spain and Portugal or Italy and Lithuania. They will go to visit professionals and make a short reportage on exemplary initiatives in sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, the difficulties of developing sustainable fisheries, the link between the different actors, the challenges…