With 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.
Aquaculture, Promotion, Society and culture, Education and training, Youth
Having declined from 1000 oyster farms in 1970 to just 300 in 2015, the Bassin d´Arcachon FLAG area has seen the number of oyster farmers stabilize, thanks, in part, to work with 13 different schools to take pupils out on oyster boats to see what it means to be an oyster farmer.
Business support, Short circuits, Diversification, Gastronomy, Tourism, Small-scale and coastal fisheries, Women
Playa del Aguilar is a renowned beach and highly attractive touristic point on the Asturian coast. The village triples its population over the summer months, from 5 000 to 15 000 and the sandy beach and modern seafront are visited daily by thousands of tourists, summer residents and locals. However, in the vicinity of the beach, there are few restaurants or shops where tourists can buy ready-made food.
Aquaculture, Arts and crafts, Tourism, Society and culture, Cultural heritage, Education and training
The Tirschenreuth FLAG region may have a long history of small family-owned aquaculture ponds but aquaculture did not always have the standing it enjoys today. The thousand-year-old tradition was almost forgotten when the FLAG took action to restore its cultural significance in the area.
Aquaculture, Business support, Diversification, Marine activities
In Anlehnung an das weit verbreitete Schrebergartenmodell hat ein „Meeresgartenverein“ in Dänemark Gartenparzellen auf See ausgewiesen. Damit hat der Verein den Hafen von Ebeltoft zu neuer Blüte geführt und eine Lanze für regionale Meereserzeugnisse und Meerestradition gebrochen.
Promotion, Small-scale and coastal fisheries, Society and culture, Education and training, Youth
One of the main needs identified by the Galati FLAG in their fisheries area was to strengthen the linkages between fishermen and the younger generation. Indeed, fishermen believed it important to ensure that traditional fishing know-how and their passion for the profession were passed on to the next generation.
Marine activities, Society and culture, Cultural heritage, Education and training, Youth
“Take care of the Ocean and the Ocean will take care of you”. This project has adapted the concept of Green Care to provide a therapeutic experience through work in an outdoors, marine environment. Getting immersed in the world of fish will, it is hoped, turn some difficult lives around.
National Networks (NNs) play an important role in linking the FLAGs, fisheries stakeholders, national and regional administrations involved in fisheries local development. The Latvian NN facilitates exchange and learning not only between FLAGs but also within the whole fisheries sector.