FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Good Practice

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.

  • 27/06/2018
    Ireland
    Irish FLAGs have supported the development of six Regional Inshore Fisheries Forums (RIFFs) and a National Inshore Fisheries Forum (NIFF) to ensure representation of the small-scale segment of the fleet in regional and national decision making.
  • 26/06/2018
    Latvia
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    Fisheries resources, Small-scale and coastal fisheries, Education and training
    A volunteer association of professional and recreational fishermen obtains support to combat illegal fishing and better monitor local fish stocks.
  • 26/06/2018
    Denmark
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    Business support, Circular economy, Marine litter
    Some creative thinking and investment have led to the creation of Denmark’s first recycling plant to process expanded polystyrene into plastic pellets that can be sold to manufacturers for a wide range of new products. This is a leap forward in terms of handling used fish boxes.
  • 25/06/2018
    Finland
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    New technology, Fisheries by-products, Circular economy, Water quality, Fisheries resources
    By finding commercial outlets for certain fish species, especially those that tend to overpopulate, this project aims to ensure better local resource management, improving the image of undervalued species and reducing eutrophication in Finnish lakes.
  • 25/06/2018
    Spain
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    Marine litter, Water quality, Complementary funding, Fisheries resources, Integrated coastal management, Small-scale and coastal fisheries
    In collaboration with WWF Spain, and levering in funding from UP 1 of the EMFF, the Cádiz Estrecho FLAG is setting up an MPA to ensure the sustainable future of its natural environment and fisheries. While the fisheries of Cádiz have always been proactive in the protection of natural resources, further measures were deemed necessary to sufficiently protect the area’s marine environment.
  • 22/06/2018
    Spain
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    Labelling, Promotion, Small-scale and coastal fisheries, Cultural heritage
    The Málaga FLAG has promoted an initiative to brand a specific local clam (‘Callista chione’ or ‘concha fina’), adding value to this local species and guaranteeing a high-quality standard.
  • 22/06/2018
    Spain
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    Processing, Traceability, Marine activities, Fisheries resources, Integrated coastal management
    This FLAG project assesses the challenges of managing the discards produced by the artisanal fishing fleet in the Pontevedra Estuary, Spain. The project clarifies the impact new EU landing obligations will have on the fleet and outlines the future implications and consequences of the measures when they come into force.
  • 18/06/2018
    Sweden
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    Aquaculture, Business support, New technology, Traceability, Circular economy, Water quality
    To reduce the impact of fish farming on the environment, a group of local actors, with initial LEADER LAG support, has developed the symbiotic production of fish and tomatoes into a highly successful business.
  • 18/06/2018
    Spain
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    Aquaculture, Business support, New technology
    Thanks to FLAG support, a new start-up company has been launched to cultivate microalgae on land for oil extraction, to be used as a pharmaceutical-grade nutrient for human consumption.
  • 11/04/2018
    Latvia
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    Aquaculture, Business support, New technology, Marine activities, Water quality, Integrated coastal management
    Latvian FLAGs teamed up in a cooperation project to finance a study aimed at assessing the seaweed production potential from Latvian waters along with options for a management plan that would ensure a sustainable exploitation of this resource.