FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Northern Tyrrhenian Sea FLAG

Official name: 
Alto Tirreno Toscano
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
IT-TOS-IT238
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG’s territory encompasses the coastline between Marina di Pisa and Marina di Carrara. Inland, the territory includes the regions of Lunigiana and Garfagnana which are predominantly mountainous and include Tuscany’s main aquaculture activities. The region is heavily forested and has several rivers and is a popular fly-fishing location. As such, sports fishing tourism is growing in the area.

Marina di Pisa was built during the economic boom of the late 1800s, as a seaside resort. It was further developed in the 1930s. Marina di Carrara, also a holiday resort, has a surface area of 4.97km² and a growing population of about 15 000 inhabitants. Challenges for the area include a lack of linkages between the regions coastal fisheries and aquaculture sectors. Other challenges include the sustainable development of tourism.  

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

Protected areas include the regional parks of Migliarino, S. Rossore and Massaciuccoli.

Population
148 401
Surface area (km²)
1 279
Population density
108
Total employment in fisheries
372
Fishing: 
237
Processing: 
135
Women employment in fisheries: 
71

FLAG strategy

The FLAG’s local development strategy is aimed at developing and safeguarding of the marine resources through the cultural growth of the area’s operators, increasing the economy of the fisheries sector and forming closer links and synergies with the regions aquaculture industry. Through the development of an increased interaction between the two sectors, the FLAG aims to optimise the area’s shared resources. More specific objectives include:

  • Creating synergies between the various sectors of the supply chain, namely fishing, aquaculture, processing, distribution and marketing.
  • Developing educational and training initiatives for environmental, fisheries and food.
  • Develop a national and international promotion plan for Lunigiana and Garfagnana resorts, with the involvement of fishing tourism and the tourism sector. Particular attention at the local level will promote the school tourism sector.
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
4
% of the budget allocated: 
17%
Supporting diversification
3
12%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
5
49%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
4
18%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
2
4%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 122 666
  • EMFF: 
    611 333
  • MS co-financing: 
    511 333
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional and national

Project examples

Project ideas for the FLAG will be focused on the following themes:

  • Fisheries and aquaculture training and educational opportunities. 
  • Sports fishing and eco-tourism.
  • Improved marketing and adding value to local produce.
  • The protection of the area’s waterways and seas. Innovative measure focused on protecting the natural environment. 

Calls for proposals

Calls for projects will be made on a regular basis and information will be posted on the FLAG website.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG’s main interest is to develop initiatives in the valorisation of tourism, fishing and aquaculture activities. It is particularly interested in cooperation projects with FLAGs in Sardinia and Corsica.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
55811.00

Partnership

Accountable body: 
FLAG Alto Tirreno
Members of the partnership: 

FLAG members include the municipalities (Carrara,  Fivizzano, Licciana Nardi, Massa, Forte dei Marmi, Mulazzo, Tresana, Camaiore, Vecchiano, Viareggio di Pisa, Pontremoli, Montignoso, Camporgiano, Fabbriche di Vergemoli, Gallicano, Pieve di Fosciana, Sillano Giuncugnano), several cooperatives including Massa-Carrara, Lucca and Pisa, trade associations and federations, the citadel of fishing and numerous fisheries entities, both enterprises and individuals. 

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
37
% of fisheries actors: 
56%
% of public authorities and other: 
22%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
22%
% of environmental actors: 
0%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
7
% of public actors: 
43%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

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FLAG Contacts

FLAG Alto Tirreno
 
Via Gandhi, 8
54011 Aulla (MS)
Italy
FLAG President:
Mr. Roberto Galassi
Languages:
  • Italian (Mother tongue)
  • English (Basic)
  • Spanish (Intermediate)
  • French (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
16/07/2018
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