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.
Protected areas include the regional parks of Migliarino, S. Rossore and Massaciuccoli.
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:
Regional and national
Project ideas for the FLAG will be focused on the following themes:
Calls for projects will be made on a regular basis and information will be posted on the FLAG website.
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.
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.