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   August 2016

Announcing the next FARNET seminar: "Boosting business along the fisheries supply chain", Thessaloniki, Greece, 18-20 October 2016

This third FARNET transnational seminar of the 2014-2020 period will be an interactive two-day event, designed to equip Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) with the tools they need to help local stakeholders tap into business opportunities along the fisheries supply chain. The event is being organised at the initiative of the European Commission, with the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Rural Development & Food and the Thessaloniki FLAG.

The focus of the seminar will be on: exploring market trends and new opportunities for local fisheries and aquaculture products; linking the private sector with science and research; ensuring direct support is available to local businesses in FLAG areas; and improving engagement with fish farmers and fishermen (especially small-scale and coastal) on new ways to boost business opportunities. The seminar will be followed by an optional study visit to projects in the Thessaloniki FLAG area. More information to follow on our website and on FARNET social media.


FLAGs support innovation through cross-sector pollination

In June, the FARNET Support Unit and the Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE) platform took part in the conference, “Artisanal Fisheries: opportunities for sustainability”, a milestone-setting conference organised by PONG Pesca, the national platform of marine environmental NGOs in Portugal. The event aimed to encourage dialogue between the scientific, administrative and fisheries communities and catalyse new ideas for collaborative projects to improve sustainability.

The event attracted a combined audience of over 120 participants over the two days, including professional fishermen, fisheries researchers, students and representatives of FLAGs from all over Portugal (including FLAG candidates from the Azores).

Laura Calinoiu, LIFE platform: “It is only by working together that we can guarantee the survival of coastal communities and of their backbone, the fishers. Close collaboration between NGOs, fishers, scientist and local authorities is no longer an option, but a must, and FLAGS should be there to support this continuous process!”

Docapesca, the Portuguese national fisheries auction agency, and IPMA, the governmental research agency for fisheries and aquaculture, led practical exchanges on topics such as seafood innovation in Portugal and participative projects to improve fisheries-data collection. The event helped to build trust and open exchanges between the interests represented, establishing a basis for the fisheries sector to engage in science/fisheries/eNGOs partnerships. This is a development that FLAGs could help to support.

Gonçalo Carvalho, PONGpesca: "Small-scale fisheries have enormous potential in terms of sustainability - environmental, economic and social. This event clearly showed that all relevant stakeholders can and must work together to turn this potential into reality and that FLAGs have played, and will continue to play, a key role in this process."

More information on the LIFE platform and PONG Pesca websites.


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"Boosting business along the fisheries supply chain": the next FARNET transnational seminar announced in Thessaloniki, Greece
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