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   September 2015

CLLD: it's starting! First 2014-2020 FLAGs approved and more coming!

Finland is the first Member State to have Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) up and running again, with seven of the ten FLAGs foreseen now approved.

Two further Finnish FLAG strategies are also in development. Building on the experience from the past and an extensive consultation process, the newly approved FLAGs are currently defining their priorities for the new period.

Despite its extensive coastline, most FLAG areas in Finland are experiencing a decline in interest and in the profitability of the fisheries sector. The main goal, therefore, is to restore confidence in the sector and support the diversification of local economies. To achieve this goal, FLAGs will focus on investing in young people and on supporting innovation and the diversification of professional fisheries. For example, the Southern Finland FLAG will support projects combining small-scale fish farming and activities to improve the income of fishermen.

In the coming months, FARNET flash will provide regular updates on CLLD developments across the EU.

  LIFE platform meeting Poland

A new LIFE for Low-impact fishers of Europe

The first Baltic workshop of the Low-Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE) platform took place in Ustka(Poland) on August 29th.

During the two-day meeting, participants agreed on a framework for a more organised cooperation in the Baltic and looked at different market opportunities for low impact fishers, such as direct sales and short chain distribution circuits.

The meeting brought together around 35 participants, including small-scale fishermen, FLAGs and NGOs from Germany, Sweden, Poland and Denmark. Henrik Andersson, a member of the Stockholm FLAG (Sweden) showcased the Axis 4 Stockholm fiskmarket project, explaining its different development phases and the role played by the FLAG and fishermen in the success of the project. Other project examples such as the Oresund Community Supported Fishery and a selection of FARNET best practices were also presented to illustrate new routes to market and new ways to add value to locally caught fish.

The meeting concluded with the adoption of a Common Statement. The LIFE platform is planning two more workshops dedicated to low impact fishing in the Atlantic and Mediterranean basins.


3 Oct.2015
LIFE platform meeting
Madrid, Spain

11-14 Oct. 2015
Global Wave conference
Cornwall & London, UK

14 Oct. 2015
Waste Free Oceans: Guardians of the sea conference
Brussels, Belgium

12-15 Oct. 2015
Open Days - CLLD workshop 13 Oct: State of Play of integrated Community-Led Local Development across the four ESI Funds
Brussels, Belgium

20-21 Oct. 2015
INTERAct Coastal and Maritime Tourism meeting
Oostende, Belgium

27-28 Oct. 2015
Climate change: impacts on ocean, food production, health and the economy
Brest, France

27-30 Oct. 2015
Myfish/ICES final symposium
Athens, Greece

29 Oct. 2015
Atlantic stakeholder platform conference
Brest, France
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