Atunera Vive is a campaign, organised by the Litoral Cádiz-Estrecho FLAG, to help fishermen and their families living in the deprived neighbourhood of Atunara Harbour. Working closely with the public social services, the FLAG is organising a package of activities to support the community and revitalize the area, including developing tourist initiatives, creating fisheries heritage tours in the harbour and opening fishmongers and recreational places on the seafront promenade.
The Bajo Nalon FLAG has worked with women’s fisheries associations to preserve the local artisanal canning tradition that has been unfortunately disregarded to the point of disappearing. The FLAG focuses on providing women with the necessary tools to implement successful entrepreneurial initiatives by supporting training and administrative and financial guidance.
Scotland, United Kingdom
In recent years, the Aberdeenshire fishing community has seen a sharp increase in migrant labour, working both at sea and in the processing sector. Fishermen from the Philippines and Ghana are working on trawlers and a large workforce in the processing sector comes from Eastern Europe. The North-East Scotland FLAG is helping them integrate and become part of the local community by developing, for example, a social space for these fishermen.
The Shabla-Kavarna-Balchik FLAG is helping the area’s ethnic minority groups to obtain marine-related jobs by organising training to work as lifeguards, divers and in water rescue programmes. The project aims to establish a sound basis for Roma and Muslim communities to obtain certified qualifications which help them to enter the workforce, particularly for positions during the summer tourist season.
The West Ireland FLAG was able to create interaction between retired fishermen and schoolchildren on one of the offshore islands. With the involvement of the local school, the FLAG organized an interactive project on using seaweed as a fertiliser. This project provided the possibility to pass on the tradition of using local seaweed for growing fruit and vegetables to the younger generation.
England, United Kingdom
Due to unstable income and irregular working hours, local fishermen do not always have easy access to healthcare. This is why the Holderness FLAG initiated the Health Trainer Programme, to tackle poor health issues among fishermen by making a nutritionist and health adviser available in the Bridlington harbour. Now, fishermen can benefit from medical check-ups and consultations, as well as group sessions on healthy diet and fitness programmes – right on their doorstep.
The youth in the Galați FLAG area has become fairly detached from the lives of the local fishermen. To counter this trend and raise awareness among the younger generation of the challenges the sector is facing, the FLAG has designed workshops for school children in collaboration with the local fishermen. The workshops cover topics such as: aquaculture along the Prut river, local fishing techniques and environmental protection of the rivers and sea.
This project, funded by the Mariña-Ortegal FLAG, focuses on providing practical skills to the disabled and long-term unemployed. It involved a training course on repairing containers and recycling plastic packaging from the fisheries industry, run by a local social NGO. The project is also benefitting the local fishermen by helping to reduce the costs incurred in replacing plastic fishing boxes and containers.
The East Sardinia FLAG aims to increase the visibility of fishermen in the area with two social inclusion initiatives. One of them is “The FLAG of young”, an inter-generational transfer of skills and knowledges, creating opportunities for young people approaching the fisheries sector, the other one being “The Dock - the forum of fishermen” which encourages the participation and innovative approaches for social inclusion of fishermen within the governance processes.
10. FLAGs across Europe using ESI Funds
The Słowińska and Mòrénka FLAGs in Poland and the North Sardinia FLAG in Italy have been tapping into the possibilities offered by the European Social Fund (ESF) to finance CLLD initiatives in their areas. With the goal of providing aid to the unemployed, FLAGs have been using this additional source of financing to provide guidance on work opportunities, organize training and provide support to job seekers.