Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Etruscan coast FLAG

Official name: 
FLAG Costa degli Etruschi
Programming period: 


The FLAG area comprises a large part of the Provinces of Grosseto and Livorno including the island Elba. The area was selected based on the presence of significant fishing ports accommodating the fishing fleets operating in the maritime departments of Livorno and Portoferraio, which make use of the same fishing area and fish resources. In this area, the fishermen share markets, marketing methods and processing methods. The main fishing ports are located in Castiglione della Pescaia, Livorno and Marina di Campo.

Local fleets are affected by a strong reduction in fishing as a result of the application of measures banning certain fishing activities. Fishing activities, although they derive from an ancient marine tradition, are currently going through a slow period, even though it is believed that there would be strong demand for fish in the area. Excessive fishing in  previous decades, together with mechanisation and technology, have resulted in a depletion of fish stocks, making it necessary for rational management of fish resources in the area.

The municipalities of Grosseto and Castiglione della Pescaia have many aquaculture companies. However, their activities are located close to the Diaccia Botrona Natural Park, and they therefore require specific environmentally compatible methods for running their businesses.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

Regional Park of Maremma, National Park Arcipelago Toscano, Natural Reserve Diaccia Botrona, Meloria shoal

143 700
Surface area (km²)
1 479
Population density
Total employment in fisheries
Women employment in fisheries: 

FLAG strategy

The FLAG’s strategy focuses on the promotion of intersectoral connections between all local economic activities - fisheries, aquaculture, agri-food industry, tourism, crafts, research, etc. -  in order to maximize the involvement and participation of local actors in the development of the area.

The strategy aims to contribute to the achievement of wider objectives linked to fighting climate change and implementing the principle of equal opportunities and non-discrimination, in particular:

  • develop innovation to mitigate pollution in the sea
  • diversify income, e.g. linking fishing with fish tourism, developing new forms of profit and creating new jobs for fishermen and their families, giving a significant relevance to women's work. All this in a context specifically related to the development of territorial cohesion and the preservation of environmental resources;
  • attract young people to fisheries related activities, e.g. training courses and job creation to fill the generational gap in the fishing industry and shipbuilding.

The strategy also includes a series of experimental measures in environmental and fisheries resources management, as well as training for fisheries and aquaculture operators in environmentally sustainable practices.

Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Supporting diversification
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development


Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 272 862
  • EMFF: 
    636 431
  • MS co-financing: 
    636 431
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National €222 751; Regional €95 464

Project examples

Examples of projects ideas are the following:

  • Vocational training and acquisition of new professional skills related to sustainable management of marine ecosystems and the preparation of operators for shipbuilding, repair and maintenance of engines, electronic instruments, and fishing equipment.
  • Purchase of equipment to improve working conditions, hygiene, and food safety.
  • Reduction of the negative impacts of aquaculture through the efficient use of resources. This includes the recovery of wetlands through the removal of silt and interventions designed to prevent silt accumulation.
  • Raise public awareness of local fisheries products (communication and promotion campaigns).
  • Development of pesca-tourism and other related tourism activities, considering the sustainable and environmental use of fisheries resources and the territory.
  • Development of direct-sales points, and initiatives for marketing and processing of fish products.

Expertise & cooperation

The former “Coast of Tuscany FLAG” has carried out some inter-territorial and transnational cooperation projects (e.g. twinning activities with other FLAGs for development of the fisheries and aquaculture sector).

The FLAG is interested in inter-territorial and transnational cooperation activities to enhance and strengthen the activities developed in the framework of the Local Development Strategy, e.g. sharing good practice for fish resource management (inter- territorial)

The FLAG will continue the cooperation of the past programming period with LEADER LAGs F.A.R. Maremma (IT) and Vidourle Camargue (FR)


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Members of the partnership: 

FLAG members are the following: LEADER LAG F.A.R. Maremma, municipalities of Grosseto, Castiglione della Pescaia, Magliano in Toscana, the National Federation of Fishing Companies (Federpesca), Association of cooperatives Toscana Sud, Italian Federation of Workers in the Agro-Industry (department of Livorno (FLAI CGIL). The Development Agency F.A.R. MAREMMA has experience of managing ESI funds for three programming periods.

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FLAG Contacts

GAL F.A.R. Maremma Scarl
FLAG Costa degli Etruschi
via Monterosa, 196
58100 Grosseto
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Roberto Seghi
+39 0564 405252
FLAG President:
Mr. Fabrizio Pasquini
+39 0564 405252
  • Italian (Mother tongue)
  • English (Advanced)
  • French (Intermediate)
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