The Tirschenreuth FLAG region may have a long history of small family-owned aquaculture ponds but aquaculture did not always have the standing it enjoys today. The thousand-year-old tradition was almost forgotten when the FLAG took action to restore its cultural significance in the area.
The FLAG area is in the western part of Lithuania, near the Curonian Lagoon. Almost the entire district is situated in the Lithuanian coastal lowlands. Lagoons and bodies of water occupy 19% of the area which is famous for water sports and recreational fishing. On the island of Rusnė, there are three main ports.
The FLAG area is situated in Puglia (Italy’s ‘boot heel’) and is known for white painted towns, centuries-old farmland and hundreds of kilometres of Mediterranean coastline, the longest in the country.
The area is characterised by small-scale fisheries with about 50 small boats and 6 landing areas (only two vessels over 12m, no big ports). Challenges here are linked to fishermen’s low competitiveness and poor linkages with the tourism sector.
The FLAG territory covers an area of 261 Km2, and has a coastline of about 36 km, from the mouth of the Canale Formale del Molino (just north of the Trigno River) at the border with Abruzzo, to the mouth of the Torrente Saccione, at the border with Puglia.
The coast of Läänemaa is sparsely populated, has a low relief and a coastline that is split sharply. Fishing has traditionally been mostly small-scale but in recent years has benefited from the expansion of several ports in the area.
The FLAG is situated in the south of the Tuscany Region on the Mediterranean Sea (Mar Tirreno). This region has a long fisheries tradition, nevertheless, the fisheries communities’ population and fleet have been reduced by 50% over the last 30 years.
The Gorenjska region FLAG is in north-western Slovenia, on the border with Austria in the north and Italy in the west. The FLAG area is characterised by its natural assets, cultural heritage, accessibility and the events and activities it offers. It is an important tourist destination visited by almost 700.000 tourists a year.
The FLAG area covers the 342km coastline of Tenerife which varies from rocky cliffs to low coastline and beaches. Tenerife is very much geared around tourism but there are many activities that utilise the island’s coast and marine space. Employment levels are good in the coastal area and fishing and aquaculture account for 3.4% of the island’s total employment and around 2% of its GDP