The FLAG area is situated in Puglia (Italy’s ‘boot heel’) and is known for white painted towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometres of Mediterranean coastline, the longest in the country. Daunia is an urban and industrialised area in the north of the region.
The fishing fleets based in Manfredonia land a substantial amount of the area’s fish (62%). The vessels of Barletta are also significant which the town’s port being important for both fisheries and commercial shipping. Barletta is home of the countries last operational ‘trabucco’, a traditional wooden fishing machine. The Barletta ‘trabucco’ has become a cultural asset and is currently under restoration.
The main challenges in the area, are related to taxation, bureaucracy, inflated diesel prices and increasing unemployment. New Mediterranean regulations on cuttlefish and razor clams, two of the area’s main fisheries products, also present a substantial challenge to the FLAG area.
Protected area’s in the FLAG territory include the Gargano national park, Lake Salso and the Saltern of Margherita di Savoia.
The FLAG’s local development strategy is focused on increasing the attractiveness of the area while also protecting and improving the quality of life of the local population. Key objectives include:
Regional and national
Project ideas for the FLAG include:
The FLAG makes regular calls for projects which will be published on the FLAG website
The FLAG is interested in cooperation projects related to direct sales, processing and pesca-tourism with other CLLD groups in Italy and across the EU.
Members of the FLAG include the Chamber of Commerce, the local municipalities (Manfredonia, Zapponeta, Margherita Di Savoia, Barletta, San Ferdinando Di Puglia, Trinitapoli), several fishing cooperatives, private fishermen and trade associations.