FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Good Practice

EU FLAG projects as of February 2020With the second generation of FLAGs now up and running, there is a growing number of project examples from the past and the present which can inspire other actions aimed at developing fisheries and aquaculture areas around Europe, be it through economic, environmental or social support and investment.
The project descriptions and short stories below give an insight into some of the local projects funded by the FLAGs, while the methods provide helpful examples of effective programme management, ranging from community outreach to FLAG self-assessment.

Good practice examples from 2010-2016

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  • 12/02/2021
    Spain
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    Environment, Governance, Fisheries resources, Small-scale and coastal fisheries
    With support from the FLAG, local fishers are helping enforce protection measures and halt poaching in the region’s oldest fisheries marine reserve, Cabo de Palos. Its improved protection has favoured an increase of endemic species.
  • 01/02/2021
    Spain
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    Governance, Education and training, Women
    A cooperation project between two Catalan FLAGs has supported the creation of an association, which aims to increase the visibility of women from fishing and aquaculture and improve their ability to develop business projects that help diversify the sector.
  • 27/01/2021
    Spain
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    Environment, Fisheries resources, Small-scale and coastal fisheries
    Through cooperation between the island government and the FLAG, the fishing sector in la Gomera has been involved in the study, location and design of a protocol for the removal of traps used for illegal fishing.
  • 18/01/2021
    Finland
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    New technology, Traceability, Environment, Fisheries resources
    The East Finland FLAG has supported the creation of a mobile app for Finnish inland fishers to register their catches. Developed by a University of Applied Sciences and introduced in May 2020, the tool will enhance catch-data collection and traceability along the fisheries value chain.
  • 16/12/2020
    Denmark
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    Business support, New technology, Diversification, Marine activities, Tourism
    Въпреки екологичния натиск, на който е изложен протокът Лимфиорд (Дания), той изобилства от морска пъстърва. Този вид риба е много привлекателен за рибарите. Проект за сътрудничество на местните групи за действие и местната инициативна рибарска група (FLAG) адресира икономическите и екологични цели в района, създавайки нова туристическа дестинация за любителски риболов.
  • 09/12/2020
    Spain
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    Business support, Diversification, Pesca-tourism, Tourism, Cultural heritage, Education and training, Women
    The ‘Mar das Illas’ cooperation project sees three FLAGs in the Pontevedra province working together to support local fishers and families in their entrepreneurial efforts focused on marine and pesca-tourism.
  • 03/11/2020
    Lithuania
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    Adding value to fisheries, Aquaculture, Business support, Processing, Short circuits, Traceability, Small-scale and coastal fisheries, Infrastructure
    The development of small-scale fisheries and aquaculture businesses in the Western Lithuania FLAG area is a vital part of the economic development of regions such as Klaipeda and Priekulė. This project, implemented by a small local company, aims to improve the processing of local fisheries and aquaculture products through a series of FLAG-funded strategic investments.
  • 03/11/2020
    Italy
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    Small-scale and coastal fisheries, Society and culture, Cultural heritage, Education and training, Youth
    The Chioggia and Po Delta FLAG has successfully convinced a high school to launch an official training programme in commercial fishing and fish production. The FLAG used their animation activities, together with fisheries stakeholders and the wider local community, to attract their first groups of students who will become the entrepreneurs of the future.
  • 13/10/2020
    Baltic region
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    Environment, Fisheries resources, Integrated coastal management, Small-scale and coastal fisheries
    A large-scale cooperation project between Baltic FLAGs has increased knowledge on the impact the growing seal and cormorant populations are having on small-scale coastal fisheries in the region. Through this cooperation project, FLAGs have developed solutions for achieving the balanced management of marine resources.
  • 17/09/2020
    Germany
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    Tourism, Society and culture, Infrastructure
    Supported by the South Leipzig FLAG, the dynamic redevelopment of former coal mining area into recreational and professional ‘fishing base’ will improve fisheries production and further develop local tourism in the Störmthal lake region.