The F/LAG’s area covers about 20 Km of Apulian coastline along the Adriatic Sea to the north of Bari, including three municipalities Trani, Bisceglie and Molfetta (the last two were part of the Terre di Mare FLAG) . The coast is mainly rocky and calcareous, with some long sandy and pebble shores. The economy of the more densely populated part of the area is based on agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing industry and services. This area is a national holiday resort and is also known for its prestigious Norman castles.
Industrial fishing is one of the more developed sectors in the area, due to the number and size of boats, the high skills and quality found in the entire chain and the variety of methods used to catch fishery products.
There are local challenges related to the need to combine environmental sustainability with economic growth and technological innovation. Moreover, the fishing industry is in decline both in terms of overall income and in terms of the numbers employed in the sector.
There is one site of communitarian interest called Posidonieto San Vito-Barletta.
The Local Development Strategy of the F/LAG, within EMFF funding, lies on two main axes aimed at increasing the added value of local fishing products:
National and regional
The Ponte Lama F/LAG aims to:
The F/LAG will publish five calls per year until the funds have been totally spent.
The F/LAG has experience with national and international cooperation projects in valorisation and promotion of rural seaside communities. During this programming period, the F/LAG is interested in international cooperation regarding:
Municipalities, chamber of commerce, trade associations of fishing, agriculture, handicraft and commerce, private sector.