The FLAG area which consists of the Ischia, Procida and Vivara isles covers an area of approximately 75km2. The surrounding seabeds are characterised by vast posidonia meadows, a seaweed endemic to the Mediterranean Sea, which is home to many species of fishes. As a result, fishing has always been a very important activity in the area. Fishing methods and practices in the area are also diverse and include gillnet, longline and trawling. Furthermore, as well as good natural resources, the area also has beautiful landscapes, natural thermal springs and areas of archaeological interest, making the area an attractive tourism destination.
While the two main islands (Ischia and Procida) have efficient port systems and still practice fishing, the local economy is focused on tourism and the service industry. Thus, the main challenge for the FLAG is the integration of the two sectors. A key challenge is the enhancement of the areas fisheries sectors competitiveness.
The FLAG has two protected areas, the Regno di Nettuno sea park and the Vivara Island
The FLAG’s strategic aim is to promote an integration and sustainable development. The long-term goal of the FLAG is to increase the output and profit of the small-scale fishing enterprise, through the following specific objectives:
National and regional
Project examples and ideas for the FLAG include:
The FLAG will make three calls for projects annually, which will be published on the FLAG website and available through the following link: http://www.comuneischia.it/comuneischia/lavora_con_noi/servizi.php
The FLAG’s strategy is based on the premise that sustainable development is highly dependent on cooperation at a local, national and international level. The FLAG is therefore interested in cooperating with other FLAGs and LAGs on promoting the local economy, exchanging best practices, skill-sets and traditions. The FLAG would like to cooperate on the development and organisation of large-scale events such as exhibitions, festivals, conferences and workshops.
While the FLAG has no formal links with a Leader LAG or other FLAGs, it does informally collaborate with the Flegrea FLAG.
The FLAG members include seven municipalities, environmental associations, several fishing cooperatives, sailing companies, private enterprises and trade unions.