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FLAG Factsheet

Trapanese FLAG

Official name: 
Trapanese FLAG
Country:
Code: 
IT-SIC-IT226
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG area is situated in the western part of Sicily and the region’s economy is largely dependent on the sea. Fishing and canning are the two main local industries and fishers typically catch tuna using the ‘mattanza’ technique. Coral, salt, marble and marsala wine are also an important export. The area’s coast is lined with several salt-pans.

The area has four main fisheries ports: Marsala, Mazara del Vallo, San Vito Lo Capo and Trapani. Of these ports, Mazara del Vallo Mazara del Vallo is commercially important as it caters for sea fishing boats throughout the Mediterranean. Tourism and the regions local food and wine production are assets which the FLAG aims to exploit as part of its local development strategy. Diversifying fisheries into other sectors such as tourism is a key challenge for the area. 

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The FLAG area includes seven protected natural reserves (Riserva Naturale Orientata Zingaro, Riserva Naturale Orientata Saline di Trapani e Paceco, Riserva Naturale Orientata Monte Cofano, Complesso Boscato Sparagio, Complesso Boscato Martogna, Complesso Boscato Madonna Ciavolo, and Riserva Naturale dello stagnone).

Population
199 541
Surface area (km²)
443
Population density
451
Total employment in fisheries
1 797
Fishing: 
276
Aquaculture: 
30
Processing: 
1 491
Women employment in fisheries: 
126

FLAG strategy

The FLAG’s strategy is focussed on the following:

  • Developing and innovating local fisheries supply chains.
  • Enhancing the cultural heritage of the area and linking it to fisheries.
  • Diversifying fisheries activities into tourism, services and gastronomy. Further information on this FLAG to follow.
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
2
% of the budget allocated: 
6%
Supporting diversification
2
6%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
2
6%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
4
42%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
5
42%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
2 449 000
  • EMFF: 
    1 224 500
  • MS co-financing: 
    1 224 500
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional and national

Project examples

Projects for the FLAG will be focused on the following themes:

  • Improvements of the infrastructure of the landing areas of the four fishing ports.
  • Improvements of the quality of fish products.
  • Tourism tours based on local products and landmarks.

Calls for proposals

The FLAG makes regular calls for projects which will be published on the FLAG website

Expertise & cooperation

The Trapanese FLAG has international cooperation experience with the ItineraMED project and is interested to developing this project further with the other FLAGs in the Mediterranean.

Partnership

Accountable body: 
Fondazione „Torri e tonnare del litorale trapanese”
Members of the partnership: 

FLAG members include the nine municipalities (Mazara del Vallo, Petrosino, Marsala, Paceco, Trapani, Erice, Valderice, Custonaci, San Vito lo Capo), fisheries cooperatives, craft organisations and civil society entities.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
34
% of fisheries actors: 
35%
% of public authorities and other: 
44%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
21%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
5
% of public actors: 
40%

Map

FLAG Contacts

Fondazione Torri e Tonnare del Litorale Trapanese
 
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele 1
91100 Trapani
Italy
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Giampiero Cappellino
FLAG President:
Ms. Andreana Patti
Languages:
  • Italian (Mother tongue)
  • French (Basic)
  • English (Basic)
Publication date: 
22/09/2017
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