Fisheries Areas Network


Integrating aquaculture within local communities: Weiden, 20-22 Nov. 2017

FARNET's fifth transnational seminar of the 2014-2020 programming period took place on 20-22 November 2017 in Weiden (Bavaria), Germany. The theme of the event was “Integrating aquaculture within local communities”. This seminar was organised at the initiative of the European Commission with the support of the Bavarian Ministry of Agriculture and the Tirschenreuth FLAG.

The seminar aimed to:

  • Raise the capacity of FLAGs to foster integration of aquaculture into their territory, taking into account the complexity and diversity of this sector,
  • Stimulate exchange and peer learning between FLAGs interested in supporting their local aquaculture sector.

The seminar themes were addressed through a series of presentations, moderated discussions in working groups, Project and Knowledge Hubs and during a field visit. You will find the agenda with links to the presentations below.





Day 1: Monday, 20 November

from 17.00

Registration, myFARNET helpdesk, cooperation corner

18.00 – 19.00

Warm-up activity


Networking dinner

Day 2: Tuesday, 21 November

9.00 – 10.15

Opening plenary:

10.15 – 11.00

Coffee break with networking

11.00 -12.15

Plenary: Why do aquaculture producers need the FLAG?

Expert interventions and panel with

Expert interventions and interactive exercise on topics where FLAGs can help aquaculture producers integrate better in their territories, such as:

  • finding/developing new/alternative activities – short supply chains, niche markets, multi trophic aquaculture, farm diversification activities (tourism)…
  • finding a broader range of partners for joint action,
  • raising profile/improving the image of aquaculture,
  • mitigating conflicts,
  • bringing local stakeholders’ needs into the decision-making process

12.15 – 13.45

Lunch, registration to Project and Knowledge Hubs

13.45 – 15.30


Working Groups: Added value of the FLAG for aquaculture producers

Participants grouped according to the type of aquaculture discuss key challenges faced by their aquaculture producers regarding territorial integration and how the FLAG can help to address them.

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee break

16.00 – 18.00

Aquaculture Project and Knowledge Hubs

Presentation of innovative solutions for locally anchored aquaculture and FLAG project examples (every participant can attend 3 presentations)

  1. Duckweed for fish feed
  2. Biodegradable meshes for mussel cultivation
  3. Tomatofish
  4. Cultivating microalgae for oil extraction
  5. Combining functionality with recreational activities
  6. From crushed shells to 3D printing
  7. Reconnecting the land and the sea
  8. Detecting toxic marine microalgae
  9. Fish farm activities for the entire community
  10. Community sea gardens


Welcome by Hubert Bittlmayer, Director General of the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry, and by the local hosts

Dinner with local specialties, courtesy of the Bavarian State Ministry

Day 3: Wednesday, 22 November

9.00 – 9.45

Plenary: Aquaculture contributing to the area’s development and identity

Discussion panel on ways to use aquaculture as a driver of the area’s development (source of growth, identity for local population and tourists, community cohesion)

9.45 – 10.15

Coffee break

10.15 – 11.40

Working Groups: Finding practical ways to link the area with aquaculture

Participants grouped according to the type of aquaculture develop practical solutions how FLAGs can improve linkages with aquaculture and use its potential for the benefit of their area

11.40 – 12.30

Closing session


Departure to field trip

12.30 – 17.00

Field trip to visit Tirschenreuth FLAG projects (optional)


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