Fisheries Areas Network

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Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) is a union priority within the EMFF, allowing fisheries and aquaculture communities to take the lead on responding to development needs in their area, be they directly related to the fisheries sector or to broader territorial concerns. 20 Member States decided to implement CLLD under their EMFF programmes for 2014-2020, thus allocating a percentage of the national budget to be managed by local groups, selected as FLAGs.

  • 29/08/2017
    Spain is home to the biggest fishing industry in Europe and has a long tradition of maritime activities such as fishing and aquaculture, but also fish processing, tourism and marine sports.
  • 29/03/2017
    Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean and has a coastline of 782 Km. Most Cypriot fisheries and aquaculture activities are marine based, with some limited aquaculture in the mountainous areas of Troodos.
  • 06/07/2016
    Denmark has a surface area of 43 094 square kilometers and a population of 5.7 million people. It consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 islands, of which around 70 are inhabited. With 7 314 kilometers of coastline, bordering the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Skagerrak, and the Kattegat, the fisheries sector plays an important role in the Danish economy.
  • 06/07/2016
    With a population of approximately 1.3 million people, and covering an area of 45 227 km², Estonia is one of the smallest Member States in the EU. It is made up of 2 355 islands, the biggest of which are Saaremaa and Hiiumaa, giving it an extensive coastland of approximately 3 780 km. It also has numerous inland waterbodies. Lake Peipus, (Estonian: Peipsi-Pihkva järv) is the third biggest lake in EU.
  • 05/07/2016
    Finland, a country with a population of 5.49 million people, has a 6,300 kilometer long coastline, 190 000 lakes and a large number of rivers. Fishing is an important commercial and recreational activity. In 2012, there were about 1 500 fishing businesses, with the vast majority (97%) owning a single vessel.
  • 05/04/2017
    France, with a population of 66 million people, has 18,000 km of coastline and around 65 fishing harbours. For 2014-2020, fisheries CLLD will build on and scale-up the achievements of the past period, promoting synergies and collective action among the fisheries, aquaculture and other sectors in selected areas. As with almost all of the measures of the EMFF Operational Programme, the management of the CLLD has been delegated to regional level.
  • 06/07/2016
    Germany covers a surface area of 356 854 km² and, with 80.2 million inhabitants, it has the biggest population of all the EU Member States. A relatively short coastline of 3 660 km means that coastal fisheries and aquaculture play a minor role in the German economy. The total value of all fish caught is less than 2% of the total value of the country’s agricultural output.
  • 18/04/2017
    Fisheries and aquaculture production represent around 5% of Italy’s primary sector, but are more important in certain regions in the south. Sicily, for example, is the first region in terms of both the volume and the value of the catch, followed by Puglia and Veneto.
  • 06/07/2016
    Situated in the north-east of Europe, on the eastern coast of the Baltic Sea, the Republic of Latvia has a coastline of 494 km (accounting for 0.7% of the EU’s 66 000 km coastline). Maritime employment accounts for 5.36% of national employment and maritime activities, mainly shipping, represent 7.71% of national GDP – fisheries account for less than 1% of this.
  • 06/07/2016
    Lithuania is the most southerly of the Baltic States, bordering with Russia’s Kaliningrad to the west, Belarus and Poland to the south and Latvia to the north. Lithuania covers an area of 65 302 km² and, at the beginning of 2016, its population stood at 2.8 million inhabitants.