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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  • 08/04/2019
    United Kingdom
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    Business support, Governance, Complementary funding, Fisheries resources, Integrated coastal management, Small-scale and coastal fisheries
    The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly FLAG has developed a Credit Union scheme designed to assist those who cannot access grant funding for their projects without initial support.
  • map of the nine Festival del Mare along Emilia-Romagna coast at Adriatic Sea

    18/03/2019
    Italy
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    Promotion, Gastronomy, Tourism, Society and culture, Cultural heritage
    A series of festivals connects fishermen and aquaculture producers with the public, raising awareness of local fish, traditions and the marine habitat.
  • Ann Katrin von dein KGS Wittmund

    15/03/2019
    Germany
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    Promotion, Small-scale and coastal fisheries, Society and culture, Cultural heritage, Education and training, Youth
    A response to low awareness and understanding of fisheries sees a concerted effort to strengthen educational work on the fishing industry along the North Sea coast of Lower Saxony, using different locations for an enhanced learning experience.
  • glass jar on beach with plastic waste collected by ReSeaclons

    11/03/2019
    France
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    Environment, Circular economy, Marine litter, Integrated coastal management, Small-scale and coastal fisheries
    The Vidourle Camargue FLAG has collaborated with local stakeholders on a pilot scheme for collecting and recycling marine litter. The mix of plastic waste collected by the local fishermen are recycled all together thanks to an innovative industrial process.
  • Cuan Beo project in Connaught, Ireland

    08/03/2019
    Ireland
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    Environment, Water quality, Fisheries resources, Integrated coastal management, Small-scale and coastal fisheries, Education and training, Youth
    Cuan Beo was set up by community members living and working near Galway bay, who were cognisant of a general decline in the quality of the famous shellfish producing waters in the Bay.
  • UK trainee chefs with Food Nation

    27/02/2019
    United Kingdom
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    Short circuits, Gastronomy, Society and culture, Education and training, Youth
    The North of Tyne FLAG has linked up with a local food NGO to deliver a programme aimed at inspiring young trainee chefs to use more seafood. The initiative is focused on raising the awareness and profile of local and lesser-known fisheries products, while also tackling youth unemployment.
  • Bay of Anllons pool heated by water from solar panels

    11/02/2019
    Spain
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    Environment, Circular economy, Energy, Youth
    To promote the local shellfish activity and its products, a FLAG redevelops an area overlooking the bay where its cockle pickers work and installs a shallow outdoor pool for kids, heated with excess hot water from the nearby leisure centre.
  • 14/01/2019
    Estonia
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    Adding value to fisheries, Processing, Gastronomy, Small-scale and coastal fisheries, Cultural heritage
    A coastal fisherman in Western Estonia has redeveloped his fish shop, allowing fresh fish to be processed locally for the first time, while also creating jobs.
  • 17/12/2018
    Spain
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    New technology, Environment, Circular economy, Climate change, Energy, Infrastructure
    The fishing organisation of Bustio has become the first in Spain to become self-sufficient in renewable energy for its on land operations. By making an environmental commitment to reduce carbon emissions, it is saving around €10 000 a year on electricity.
  • 14/12/2018
    Germany
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    New technology, Environment, Fisheries resources, Small-scale and coastal fisheries, Cultural heritage
    By engaging local fishermen in the development and testing of environmentally-friendly fish traps, the Baltic Sea FLAG is paving the way for sustainable fisheries along its coast in a wider context of adding value to the local catch.