FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Fiches FLAG

Castellamare and Carini gulfs FLAG

Official name: 
FLAG GAC Golfi Di Castellammare e Carini
Country:
Code: 
IT-SIC-IT228
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG covers ten municipalities between the north west of Palermo province and the north-east part of Trapani province and was also operational during Axis 4. Tourism is one of the main economic activities in the area including spa and beach tourism, underwater archaeology and fisheries-related tourism (itti-tourism and pesca-tourism). However, the pressure on natural resources and the environment caused by tourism is high.

There are 10 fishing ports in the area, as well as 3 other places where fishing boats are moored. The fishing fleet consists of 306 small-scale fishing boats, of which many are below 12m in length. There are 2 offshore mari-culture facilities and 6 processing plants for fish, crustaceans and molluscs. Challenges here include poorly developed infrastructure in landing areas and a lack of real fish markets in the territory.

Specific for this area is that most of the catch is directly sold by the fishermen and freshly consumed by the locals and tourists.  This tradition makes the territory attractive for tourism, however:

  • Fishermen suffer from low income, as the quantity of the catch no longer compensates for management costs and labour effort;
  • Fishermen have poor organisational capacities, do not control the supply chain and price, and depend on day-to-day consumer demand;
  • Fishermen have poor adaptation capacity, both to market changes and bureaucratic variations, required by the EU.
Type de zone:
Bassins:
Protected areas: 

There is a Marine Protected Area “Capo Gallo-Isola delle Femmine”, and trawling is forbidden in the Castellamare gulf. On land, there are several Sites of Community Importance (SCIs) and Special Protection Areas: Bosco di Alcamo; La riserva Naturale dello Zingaro (Castellammare del Golfo), Cala Rossa e Capo Rama Terrasini, Isola delle Femmine, Grotta della Falesia di Pizzo Muletta (Capaci), Grotta della “Za Minica” (Capaci), Foce del Torrente Calatubo e Dune (Alcamo-Balestrate).

Population
160 600
Surface area (km²)
412
Population density
390
Total employment in fisheries
364
Fishing: 
352
Aquaculture: 
5
Transformation: 
7
Women employment in fisheries: 
18

FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy aims to enable sustainable economic development for small-scale coastal fishermen. By enhancing the involvement of the fisheries communities in the economic, environmental, cultural and tourist development of the area, the FLAG will work on valorising local fisheries traditions while preserving the environment and improving the economic prosperity of the fishermen.

FLAG actions focus on strengthening the competitiveness of the fishermen by developing their skills for diversification activities, improving safety and working conditions, improving the landing infrastructure and providing small infrastructure related to direct sales. Other actions include developing the tourism potential by promoting the natural resources and local products of the area and protecting the marine and coastal environment.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
73%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
2
0%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
5
27%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
3
0%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
2 499 000
  • EMFF: 
    1 249 500
  • MS co-financing: 
    1 249 500
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National and regional

Project examples

  • Diversification of economic activities and the development of the tourist potential to be jointly carried out with the LEADER LAG Golfo di Castellammare
  • Local fish product promotion and product placement

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG has cooperated with the "Il sole e l'azzurro tra Selinunte e Sciacca e Vigata" FLAG in Sicily to promote local fish products in the area and at the Milano Expo 2015.

The FLAG is interested in cooperation projects dealing with promotion of Sicilian products inside and outside the region, product marketing and placement, and the development of smart phone applications for promotion of the territory and products.

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

Members include all municipalities in the territory, two schools, Trapani university, seven fisheries cooperatives, three fisheries associations and one consortium for small-scale fisheries, three aquaculture companies, four fish processing companies, a bank and an environmental association.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
44
% of fisheries actors: 
41%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
8%
% of environmental actors: 
3%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
12
% of public actors: 
17%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

Map

Contacts du GALPA

GAC Golfi di Castellammare e Carini
 
Porta Stella 47/49
91011 Alcamo (TP)
Italy
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Andrea Ferrarella
FLAG President:
Mr. Pietro Puccio
Phone:
+39 924592111
Languages:
  • Italien (Mother tongue)
  • Anglais (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
22/09/2017
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