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.
Aquaculture, Business support, New technology, Marine activities, Environment, 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.
The Regional Government of Galicia offers an inspirational example of how to plan CLLD implementation in advance to ensure FLAGs remain operational from one programming period to another. This has helped to safeguard the local dynamic and credibility built up by the FLAGs and ensure funds are quickly available for new projects in the new period.
Aquaculture, Business support, New technology, Environment, Climate change, Water quality
Oyster farms on the Leucate lagoon are regularly affected by toxic phytoplankton, leading to economic losses, especially during the high season around Christmas. In search of a solution, shellfish farmers teamed up with a biotech start-up to test a new, quick and easy way to detect toxic marine microalgae and anticipate its proliferation.
New technology, Arts and crafts, Fisheries by-products, Environment, Circular economy
In Olbia, the northern area of Sardinia, the shells of mussels are no longer considered waste. With the help of the FLAG, local students and teachers are using crushed shells to create useful objects of all sorts, from moulds created by 3D printing.
Adding value to fisheries, Business support, Marine activities, Cultural heritage
West FLAG supports business development among some of the most marginalised and remote communities in the country, including offshore islands and native Irish speaking communities where a seaweed company has grown from one to four employees.
Society and culture, Cultural heritage, Education and training, Youth
Dwie LGR i dwie LGD z Finlandii i Estonii podpisały umowę o współpracy, w ramach której będą promować wymiany młodzieży związane z dziedzictwem kulturowym na obszarach rybackich w celu ożywienia tradycyjnych więzi pomiędzy przybrzeżnymi wioskami Estonii i obszarami przybrzeżnymi Finlandii.