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Diversifying captures - FLAG The three Estuaries (Somme, Authie and Canche) - FR

Bringing together environmental research and fisheries to diversify local production, this project has put fishermen at the heart of a process to develop an economically and environmentally sustainable strategy to ease pressure on their main target species while safeguarding their activity.

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A future for the eel, fishermen and researchers cooperate - FLAG Aveiro - PT

Fishermen in Aveiro are participating in environmental conservation measures to help restore the sustainability of a once economically valuable species: the European eel. Their participation is allowing researchers to go further and faster in their study and giving fishermen a role in assessing eels stocks, and a voice in proposing conservation measures.

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Axis 4 in Denmark

Denmark was among the first countries to have FLAGs up and running. Its Axis 4 implementation system is interesting for at least three reasons: the speed with which it was set up, the excellent cooperation between all actors which ensures a good flow of information, and the strong role played by the National Network Unit.

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Axis 4 in Finland

The Finnish delivery system is moderately centralised, but remarkably efficient. FLAGs animate and select projects, but the final approval and payments are done through the regional offices of the Intermediate Body. Thanks to close proximity and trust between the IB and the FLAGs, projects can be approved within six weeks of submission to a FLAG, sometimes even less. Finnish FLAGs have used existing organisations as their legal entities which take on most administrative tasks, leaving the FLAG employees free to focus on mobilising and supporting local stakeholders to develop projects that can benefit fisheries and the territory.

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Smoked Weever Fish - FLAG Læsø, Samsø, Ærø - DK

On the island of Læsø, a local fisherman used Axis 4 to invest in developing a new range of products based on an undervalued species, the weever fish. By adding value to this local resource and creating an “iconic” product, he is encouraging more people to discover the fish itself but also the island. 

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Promoting fish markets & a fish culture - FLAG Noord Holland - NL

In Noord-Holland three markets have transformed the act of buying fresh fish into a cultural and culinary experience where customers can also learn about fishing and the “route to market” for their plaice or hake. As local tourism attractions, these markets are now providing wider benefits for the area and other regional certificated food products.

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"Km 0" brand for local sourcing - FLAG Litoral Norte - PT

“KM 0” is a branding initiative to promote local sourcing. It brings together stakeholders from the entire chain of actors involved in the production, processing, sales, marketing and consumption of fisheries products from the MinhoLima area.

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Seatrout Fyn - Online promotion of fishing tourism - FLAG Fyn - DK

The initiative, “Seatrout Fyn”, run by the ten municipalities of the Danish island of Funen, received Axis 4 support for the development of a website to promote the island as a location for recreational sea trout fishing. The multilingual website aims to provide a comprehensive range of information to make recreational fishing holidays in the area a success. The goal is to establish Funen as “the best place for inshore fishing”.

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Multi-functional fish restaurant, shop & work space - FLAG North Jutland - DK

After working for more than 7 years as an itinerant fishmonger, in 2009 Mogens Klausen decided to pursue his professional dream of setting-up his own restaurant, combined with a fish shop and a smoke house and workshop.

 

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Fishing village anno 1906 - FLAG Bremerhaven - DE

Hit by the crisis of the seventies and eighties, the run down and somewhat industrial looking harbour area of Bremerhaven was the target of a series of regeneration projects. An Axis 4 project subsequently brought a fisheries dimension to these initiatives, aiming to increase the harbour´s attractiveness while also developing new outlets for fisheries products.

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