FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

North Sardinia FLAG

Official name: 
FLAG GAC Nord Sardegna
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
IT232
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The North Sardinia FLAG runs for 931 km along the northern coast of the island which features a jagged coastline, small and sandy or rocky coves and only a few long stretches of beach. The north-eastern part of Sardinia is mostly mountainous with typical granite areas found in the Gallura region. The local economy is based on tourism, granite extraction, small-scale coastal fishing and agriculture (breeding farm, cork, wine and oil production).

The 224 fishing enterprises (of which many are cooperatives) present in the FLAG area, represent the 41% of the region’s companies. 28 aquaculture enterprises are active in the FLAG area and they represent 54% of the island's plants. In particular, there are 15 sea-farming plants: including 10 mussel farms, 1 is oyster farm and 4 are fish farms.

The presence of three marine protected areas (Capo Caccia, Asinara-Isola Piana and La Maddalena) and three national reserves (Asinara National Reserve, Porto Conte Regional Reserve, La Maddalena National Reserve) supports the environmental protection of the area, at the same time is challenging for the economic development of the area. Moreover, the FLAG identified the need for the empowerment of local producers and consumers, and for the strengthening of the supply chain and the increasing of added value of local fisheries products.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

In the FLAG area there are two National Parks, the Asinara Park and the La Maddalena Archipelago, and Porto Conte Park in Alghero. There are also a lot of protected marine areas (Alghero, Asinara, Tavolara e Molara), special protection areas and over ten sites of Community interest.

Population
124 275
Surface area (km²)
1 947
Population density
87
Total employment in fisheries
833
Fishing: 
459
Aquaculture: 
108
Processing: 
266

FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy is primarily aimed at coastal communities and their hinterland, where fishing communities and aquaculture farmers operate. It aims to preserve traditions, to maintain high levels of environmental quality (including clean water), and to pursue the diversification of activities and the integration between different supply chains, such as fishery and tourism. Main objectives include the following:

  • Environmental protection (including protection of biodiversity and consistency of stocks)
  • Optimisation of the supply chain (shortening, diversification)
  • Empowerment of operators (also in terms of governance and access to new skills and information)

The participatory approach which was already started in the previous programming period, helped to develop corporate businesses and professional networks, fostered and promoted a shift from a competitive model to a cooperative model to design and helped implement activities. By creating an equal opportunities environment for women and young people, the FLAG is positively affecting employment rates.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
55%
Supporting diversification
3
10%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
4
25%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
3
5%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
3
5%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 577 278
  • EMFF: 
    788 639
  • MS co-financing: 
    788 639
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National and regional

  • Funds: 
    ESF
    Other(s)

Project examples

Project examples include:

  • the pilot project for installing a traceability process for fish together with two other FLAGs in Sardinia;
  • The identification of natural repopulation areas for the preservation of fish stocks and the improvement of usability for future generations
  • Local awareness actions for the wider public on environmental and food education in connection with Natural Parks and Marine Protected Areas

Calls for proposals

The calls will be published about every six months on: http://www.gacnordsardegna.it/avvisi-e-bandi/

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG is interested in cooperation projects related to:

  • development of common activities between enterprises in the FLAG area
  • exchange of best practices in vocational training courses
  • cooperation between producers in the aquaculture sector

Furthermore, the FLAG is interested in cooperation with the recreational fishing sector, in order to make it a strategic lever for the development of the local area, on integrating the need to diversify activities, control recreational fishing effort and maintain the income of professional small-scale fishermen and women.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
77000.00

Partnership

Accountable body: 
GAC Nord Sardegna
Members of the partnership: 

The most important organisations of the partnership include: 17 Coastal Municipalities, 14 fishing enterprises, 9 aquaculture enterprises, 1 transformation / marketing company, 3 Natural Parks and Marine Protected Areas, the Chamber of Commerce, the University of Sassari and various Trade Associations.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
40
% of fisheries actors: 
41%
% of public authorities and other: 
36%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
18%
% of environmental actors: 
5%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
7
% of public actors: 
43%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
5,00

Map

FLAG Contacts

GAC Nord Sardegna
 
Via Sassari, 65
07040 Porto Torres (SS)
Italy
FLAG President:
Ms. Benedetto Sechi
Phone:
+39 347 692 7806
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Vittorio Gazale
Phone:
+39 335 161 8692
Languages:
  • Italian (Mother tongue)
  • English
Publication date: 
22/09/2017