Two French FLAGs, two Italian FLAGs and three Spanish FLAGs met in May to discuss possibilities for cooperation in the north-west region of the Mediterranean. During this meeting held in Barcelona, FLAGs presented their strategies and actively participated in two thematic workshops on diversification of fisheries and aquaculture activities and adding value to fisheries products. The FLAGs wish to create a thinktank to tackle common issues and identify solutions together.
It was concluded that the FLAGs could play an important role in the development of the region’s blue economy and together could be drivers of success. Cooperation ideas on adding value identified included: creating a new relationship between the fisheries sector and consumers, raising awareness about local and seasonal species. The FLAGs will participate in the Alimentaria 2018 fair to present the region’s local fisheries products.
Diversification was noted as a potential driver for generational renewal and the inclusion of women in their fishing communities. The FLAGs will look into creating joint tour packages, starting by developing an inventory of available tourist activities in their regions. More information can be found here.