Fisheries Areas Network

Reports & resources

  • This case study aims to increase our understanding of the contribution Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) are making to the Biodiversity Strategy for 2030. Funded by the EMFF, each FLAG implements its own local development strategy as part of a participative programme known as Community-Led Local Development (CLLD). This study looks at the way that certain FLAGs implement operations that contribute to the protection or restoration of biodiversity in their local area. The study focuses on five FLAGs. For each FLAG it presents their local circumstances and looks more closely at some of the operations that they have undertaken to protect or restore biodiversity in their area.
  • This study provides information on projects funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) through Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) which contribute to the objectives of European Green Deal. In particular, it provides information on FLAG projects which contribute to the preservation and restoration of ecosystems and biodiversity, fostering more sustainable food systems,, cleaner energy and moving towards a circular economy. The findings outline that approximately 2 600 FLAG projects support the objectives of the Green Deal and the EU’s 2030 Biodiversity Strategy.
  • Environment, Small-scale and coastal fisheries
    This study provides quantitative and qualitative information on algae-related projects funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) through Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs). The findings outline the levels of knowledge and interest amongst FLAGs in working further on algae production in contributing to their areas’ local development. In addition, the study improves the understanding of the challenges and opportunities perceived by FLAGs in the future support of algae-related activities in their areas.
  • Small-scale and coastal fisheries
    This leaflet offers practical tips for FLAGs, project promoters and local stakeholders on how they can harness algae production in their areas in line with EU’s drive to support the sector through the European Green Deal, which acknowledges the importance of algae as food and a sustainable and alternative source of protein. The Green Deal’s food system strategy, Farm to Fork, specifically targets algae production as being a key part of the solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving food sustainability.
  • Small-scale and coastal fisheries, Women
    This study forms an understanding of the representation of women working in FLAG areas and assesses the level and types of support FLAGs provide to these women. The findings add to the wider understanding of the number and roles of women working in the fisheries and aquaculture industry and analyses how FLAG support to women varies and is implemented. FLAG support to women is defined as (1) a project with a female project promotor, when the project is privately invested and/or (2) other FLAG activities where the primary objective is the support of the women in the FLAG area.
  • Small-scale and coastal fisheries
    Calls for greater levels of support to Small-Scale Coastal Fisheries (SSCF) have been on the rise but it appears that Member States and steakeholders are not taking full advantage of the numerous existing funding possibilities under the EMFF in favour of SSCF. FLAGs are one of the possibilities offered by the EMFF to reach out to SSCF and, in practice, the SSCF sector is the natural partner of most FLAGs. Still the extent to which FLAGs have been supporting SSCF is unclear. This report aims to provide an indication of the level of support provided by FLAGs to SSCF. It is based on a survey which has been carried out among FLAGs from both the EFF and EMFF periods which were asked to assess the level of support channelled to SSCF through their Local Development Strategies (LDS).