FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Central Marche FLAG

Official name: 
GAC MARCHE Centro
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
IT207
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The territory of the FLAG extends for a stretch of 70km of coast and includes the first (Ancona) and the third (Civitanova Marche) most important ports of the Marche Region. The prevailing economic sectors include manufacturing, industrial, crafts and service industries. In the fisheries sector, commercial fishing is most important with 400 fishing companies accounting for 1 500 employees, while aquaculture still has a marginal role, although there is a significant potential for it in the area.

Innovation in the fisheries sector is unfolding slowly, and would need a boost in the area to better exploit the new opportunities offered by the blue economy. Moreover, integration with other sectors and actors in the area are key for making the fisheries communities more sustainable. 

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The Regional Park “Monte Conero” is partially included in the area (tourism potential).

Population
198 478
Surface area (km²)
273
Population density
726
Total employment in fisheries
708
Fishing: 
671
Aquaculture: 
24
Processing: 
13

FLAG strategy

The FLAG’s priority is to revitalise the fishing industry by increasing its attractiveness – not only in terms of economic production but also in terms of culture, traditions and heritage. The FLAG intends to support the development of an integrated territorial project that can exploit all the potential for innovation, which is yet untapped in the area. The competitiveness and innovation of the fisheries sector, and new opportunities offered by the blue economy will be supported by the FLAG to generate business development and new, better jobs.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
32%
Supporting diversification
3
27%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
3
5%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
2
22%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
1
0%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 857 776
  • EMFF: 
    928 888
  • MS co-financing: 
    928 888
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

Project examples

  • Promotion and labelling of Adriatic/Ionian local products and culinary traditions
  • Set-up of an innovation centre for fisheries, to develop pilot projects and support technological innovation in fisheries and aquaculture
  • Support sustainable tourism, involving fisheries communities

Calls for proposals

Deadlines are not yet defined, calls for projects will be published here.

Expertise & cooperation

The Central Marche FLAG is new and has little cooperation experience so far.

With the Ancona Municipality as lead partner in the FLAG and co-founder of the “Forum of Adriatic and Ionian Cities”, the FLAG is interested in all kinds of cooperation projects in the Adriatic/Ionian Sea area.

The FLAG hopes to develop at least two TNC and one inter-regional cooperation projects, and to explore possibilities for funding from HORIZON2020, LIFE, ERASMUS+ and INTERREG (Italy-Croatia). 

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
250000.00

Partnership

Accountable body: 
FLAG Marche Centro, c/o Comune di Ancona
Members of the partnership: 

FLAG members include the municipalities of the area, chambers of commerce, Ancona University, fisheries associations, banks, and cultural associations.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
19
% of fisheries actors: 
42%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
16%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
9
% of public actors: 
44%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,50

Map

FLAG Contacts

FLAG Marche Centro, c/o Comune di Ancona
 
Largo XXIV Maggio, 1
60123 Ancona
Italy
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Giorgio Bisirri
Phone:
+39 071 2221
Languages:
  • Italian (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
13/09/2017
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