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.
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.
Small-scale and coastal fisheries, Society and culture, Education and training, Infrastructure
Šis ir divu gadu izmēģinājuma projekts, kas ietver darbu ar zvejniekiem, lai uzlabotu viņu vispārējo veselības stāvokli un labklājību, kā arī nodrošinātu viņiem piekļuvi vietējiem veselības aprūpes un labklājības veicināšanas pakalpojumiem.
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.
Aquaculture, New technology, Processing, Environment
Dansk Økomusling Aps is a company based in the Thy-Mors area of Northern Denmark. Until now, their line mussels were harvested, packed unsorted in 1000 kg mesh bags and sent overseas for processing before returning to be sold on the Danish market. This created a lengthy supply chain that often reduced the overall quality, increased the costs and the carbon footprint of their products.
Aquaculture, Marine activities, Tourism, Society and culture, Education and training, Migrants and refugees
In the region of the Shabla - Kavarna - Balchik FLAG in Bulgaria, Roma and Muslims are important minority groups, making up 10% of the population. The Roma have faced a long history of national exclusion that has led to a series of national strategies for their integration.
Diversification, Pesca-tourism, Tourism, Environment, Education and training
Coming from a long-established fishing family, André felt it was time to innovate their ways of utilizing the sea. He’s managed to do just that by setting up marine discovery tours in his traditional fishing village of Ferragudo, Portugal. Today, he shares his passion and knowledge of the local environment with the region’s tourists.