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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  • clldstory-cyprusfishertraining

    30/12/2016
    Cyprus
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    Business support, Short circuits, Diversification, Pesca-tourism, Small-scale and coastal fisheries, Education and training
    During a public consultation on the development of the Larnaca Famagusta FLAG strategy (2007/2014), local fishermen expressed a desire to acquire new knowledge and skills in areas that would help them to diversify their sources of income.
  • GPS012-goosebarnacle

    29/12/2016
    Portugal
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    Adding value to fisheries, Labelling, New technology, Traceability, Fisheries resources, Small-scale and coastal fisheries
    The harvesting of goose barnacles (Pollicipes pollicipes) is an important economic activity in the Berlengas archipelago, located north of Lisbon around the Peniche peninsula.
  • 10/12/2016
    Latvia
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    Adding value to fisheries, Promotion
    An annual competition for the best projects supported by the Liepaja LAG-FLAG helps to involve the community, inspire new projects and monitor results.
  • 14/10/2016
    Spain
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    Business support, Promotion, Gastronomy, Tourism, Small-scale and coastal fisheries
    With local unemployment standing at over 34% and an isolated and struggling fishing sector, Cádiz Estrecho FLAG has invested in promoting its fishing heritage – and in particular its traditional “almadraba” tuna fishing activity, which dates back to Phoenicians times – as a unique selling point to attract quality tourism beyond the peak season.
  • 05/10/2016
    Germany
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    Promotion, Society and culture, Migrants and refugees
    FISCHtival, the open air festival of concerts and food organized by the Tirschenreuth FLAG in the summer of 2015, had not expected to provide such a transformation to the local community. The initial idea behind the event was to promote the activities of the pond fishing association, which is responsible for the administration of the FLAG.
  • 16/09/2016
    Spain
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    Adding value to fisheries, Labelling, Promotion, Traceability, Small-scale and coastal fisheries
    With the support of Axis 4, a Spanish octopus fishery became the world’s first to receive Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification, opening up new marketing opportunities to the local fleet.
  • 16/09/2016
    Cyprus
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    Diversification, Gastronomy, Tourism, Education and training
    The “Fishtaverns” project aims to raise the quality standards of local seafood restaurants – their products and hosting capabilities – notably by improving the use of fresh fisheries products and applying attractive communication tools.
  • PROMIS map DK

    24/08/2016
    Denmark
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    New technology, Governance
    To assist the LAGs and FLAGs in project selection and streamline decision-making, the Danish managing authority (MA) developed an IT system, which covers the entire process, from project application, to prioritisation, approval, reporting, monitoring and evaluation.
  • 14/06/2016
    Portugal
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    Adding value to fisheries, Business support, Processing, Promotion, Diversification, Small-scale and coastal fisheries
    This project by the Vianapesca Producer Organisation (PO) focused on adding value to local fisheries products through processing and a marketing campaign. Faced with the problem of low prices, the Vianapesca PO needed to find a way to enhance the value of low priced fish such as mackerel and sardine. It therefore approached the FLAG with the idea of designing a project on adding value.
  • 27/04/2016
    United Kingdom
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    Governance
    The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly FLAG commissioned an analysis of the Social Return on Investment in order to measure the impact of its animation activities. It found that each euro invested by the FLAG brought a social return of €5.45 in benefits to the local community.