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.
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.
Society and culture, Education and training, Migrants and refugees
In recent years, the Aberdeenshire fishing community has seen a sharp increase in migrant labour, working both at sea and in the processing sector, in particular from the Philippines, Ghana and Eastern Europe.
Adding value to fisheries, Business support, Short circuits, Small-scale and coastal fisheries, Cultural heritage
Pescado artesanal is an online platform and a communication campaign to increase the consumption of artisanal seafood. The online platform pools products of four auctions, making local seafood more accessible to buyers.
New technology, Environment, Climate change, Energy, Small-scale and coastal fisheries
In Malaga, small-scale artisanal fishing accounts for the overwhelming majority of the local fleet. However, high fuel prices and low quality of boat engines have been threatening the future of small-scale sustainable fishing in the area.
Processing, Environment, Fisheries resources, Small-scale and coastal fisheries
The Orkney Fisheries Research project is supporting the bottom-up delivery of a management plan and providing the evidence base for MSC accreditation for the brown crab fishery and other species in local waters.