Fisheries Areas Network


  • The aim of this guide is to give Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) an introduction to the concept of ‘smart coastal areas’ in the context of these five key themes, providing technical advice and practical examples of how they can encourage and support smarter initiatives in their areas. This guide is based on the experiences of FLAGs themselves, the existing initiatives across EU coastal areas – and outside the EU when particularly relevant – and on the discussions held at the FARNET seminar on the topic.

    This guide  is available in the following languages:







  • FLAGs can play an important role in helping their communities transition away from the linear economic model of “take, make and dispose” and towards more sustainable practices that minimise waste and ease pressure on our natural resources. The following guide explains some of the keys concepts related to the circular economy, providing practical examples of how FLAGs can help foster the circular economy at local level.

    This guide is available in the following languages:

  • Governance
    FLAGs are in a strong position to support and encourage more inclusive local resource management processes. This guide is divided into five thematic factsheets to help FLAGs contribute to the development of a bottom-up approach to local resource management and support the conservation of local resources based on their specific contexts.

    This guide is available in the following languages:

  • Governance
    This handbook is for LAGs and FLAGs funded from one or several of the four ESI Funds as well as external evaluators carrying out LAG evaluations. It aims to provide easy-to-use tools and methods, along with examples from different LAGs and FLAGs, that can serve as guidance and inspiration for evaluating Community-led Local Development (CLLD).

    This guide is available in the following languages:

  • Aquaculture, Promotion, Diversification, Environment
    This guide is designed mainly for FLAGs seeking to improve linkages between aquaculture producers and other actors in their areas in an effort to boost societal acceptance and consumer perceptions of aquaculture, while also bearing in mind, and responding to, the great diversity of the aquaculture sector.

    This guide is available in the following languages:

  • Education and training, Elderly, Migrants and refugees, Women, Youth
    This guide provides tools for FLAGs to identify and effectively address social exclusion in fisheries areas. It is made up of two parts, each consisting of practical factsheets, and most of the examples and recommendations are based on the FARNET transnational seminar on social inclusion, covering themes such as the inclusion of vulnerable groups and integrating migrants and refugees in fisheries communities.

    This guide is available in the following languages:

  • Adding value to fisheries, Business support, Diversification
    This guide aims to provide tools for FLAGs aiming to strengthen the value chains in their area and ensure that local businesses, and especially fishermen and local aquaculture producers, capture as big a portion of that value as possible.

    This guide is available in the following languages:

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    This guide is composed of six factsheets, including real-life examples, designed to help FLAGs ensure better results through developing strategic objectives, selecting indicators and setting targets, collecting data and managing information, and adopting a results-oriented approach in all activities of the FLAG.

    This guide is available in the following languages:

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    Complementary funding, Fisheries resources, Integrated coastal management
    This guide presents examples of applying CLLD under the different ESI Funds: EMFF, EAFRD, ESF and ERDF from the perspective of Managing Authorities and local actors.

    This guide is available in the following languages:

  • Adding value to fisheries, Diversification, Environment, Governance, Society and culture
    Earlier FARNET Guides are available in 11 languages (download pdf): Guide #1: Starting Up, #2: Cooperation, #3: Adding value, #4: Steps for Success, #5: Diversification of Fisheries Areas, #6: Green Growth in Europe’s Fisheries Areas, #7: A tool in the hands of fisheries communities, #8: Marketing the local catch, #9: Fisheries and Tourism: Creating benefits for the community, Sailing Towards 2020: Axis 4 in Action