Fisheries Areas Network

Aquaculture Project and Knowledge Hubs

1. Duckweed for fish feed
Kainnu Koillismaa FLAG, Finland

A fish farm teamed up with the local FLAG and a LEADER LAG to take advantage of nutrients dissolved in water on fish farms by cultivating duckweed (Lemna minor) as an aquatic crop in the ponds. The duckweed removes unwanted substances from the water and is harvested and used as protein-rich feed. This project promotes the use of domestic feed ingredients and environmentally-friendly fish farming while being cost-effective.

2. Biodegradable meshes for mussel cultivation
Ria de Arousa FLAG, Spain

With the help of FLAG funding, a local company has been able to put in place a biodegradable mesh for their mussel cultivation. Using this completely environmentally-friendly mesh, their organic mussel production contributes to solving important problems in the mussel-growing sector by improving the environmental impact of the manufactured products. The project has also opened up a new line of production in the company.

3. Tomatofish
Mecklenburgische Seenplatte-Müritz FLAG, Germany

A local fish farm company has developed an innovative way to grow fish and tomatoes together in one integrated system: the aquaponics system. This energy- and water-efficient method while the fish waste provides an organic food source for plants which, in return, naturally filter the water. The project was put in place in collaboration with the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, IGB Berlin. It is open to visitors and promotes this technology for a wider-spread use in similar inland territories. 

4. Cultivating microalgae for oil extraction
Costa da Morte FLAG, Spain

Thanks to the FLAG’s financial support, a young producer has set up a start-up company to cultivate microalgae on land specifically for oil extraction. The oil, high in omega-3, will then be used as a pharmaceutical-grade and standardized nutrient and as raw material for human consumption. The project envisages an annual production of 4 000kg of microalgae.

5. Combining functionality with recreational activities
Braila FLAG, Romania

With FLAG funding, an aquaculture farm has acquired all the necessary equipment (kitchen, bar, utensils, furniture, etc.) to set up a restaurant. A pontoon was also built in proximity to Lake Blasova’s shore using over 100 m2 of floating modules with an anchoring system and a bridge. This pontoon unites the functionality of the restaurant with specific fishing and recreational activities happening on the lake.

6. From crushed shells to 3D printing
North Sardinia FLAG, Italy

The initial phase of the project was reusing crushed shells as a mineral supplement for poultry and for soil fertilization. Local high school students and teachers have taken the project even further by using crushed shells for 3D printing. This method uses a mixture of resins to produce any items such as jewellery, watch cases, eyeglass frames, tiles, worktops or other. The FLAG works with the project promoters on the business plan, marketing, equipment acquisition etc. to develop the start-up.

7. Reconnecting the land and the sea
West FLAG, Ireland

Facilitated and funded by the FLAG, a group of shellfish farmers, shellfish exporters, inshore fishermen, and marine heritage enthusiasts have formed a community-based organisation to improve the quality of life, environment, economy and maritime heritage around its bay area. Together they work to reconnect the local community with the bay’s activities, organizing demonstrations and tasting events as well as a workshop to plan the rejuvenation of the native oyster. Promotional material and a website are also being developed.

8. Detecting toxic marine microalgae
Pyrénées-Méditerranée FLAG, France

The local oyster farm situated in a lagoon in the Mediterranean Sea is regularly affected by toxic phytoplankton contamination which leads to economic losses during the critical season around Christmas. In order to prevent this, the farm has teamed up with a research institute to develop an innovative solution to detect toxic marine microalgae and anticipate the toxic proliferation especially during the high oyster season.

9. Fish farm activities for the entire community
Our Krajna and Paluki FLAG, Poland

To ensure a better integration of the fisheries sector within the community, the FLAG has been working closely with the largest carp producer in its region to encourage local fish consumption and improve environmental awareness. In cooperation with the fish farm and other actors, the FLAG has organised a series of activities including fish farming demonstrations and carp filleting shows, bird camps and cross-country running and geocaching which has helped the farm take on a more active role in the community activities while increasing direct sales.

10. Community sea gardens
Djursland FLAG, Denmark

As fishing activities declined in their local harbour, a voluntary association was created to set up a sustainable sea garden near the port for local community members to grow shellfish and seaweed on a small-scale. A dynamic network of about 80 gardeners has taken root, bringing new life into the harbour. They mainly grow mussels, but also seaweed and oysters, contributing to a cleaner marine environment. The local FLAG supported the project idea, though it was ultimately funded through other sources.


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