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   January 2017

Estonian and Latvian FLAGs meet in an unusual setting

The Estonian National Network took its annual FLAG meeting off dry land to hold it on a ferry instead. The event included an overview of all FLAG activities and a specific focus on cooperation. With this in mind, the meeting was open to Latvian FLAGs as well. Two days of travelling from Riga to Stockholm on a ferry brought together fishermen from all the Estonian FLAGs, FLAG managers, national MAs, representatives of the NN (Fisheries Information Centre), Latvian FLAGs managers and several fishermen from Latvia. Holding the event on the ferry ensured a captivated audience, maximizing interaction between participants and creating a unique atmosphere.

The use of a professional moderator in the working groups helped the flow of conversations on the benefits of cooperation and its role in strengthening local communities. Specific project ideas came out of the discussions, such as partnerships on seaweed production and exporting Estonian fisheries products to Latvia.
Estonian and Latvian FLAGs also shared experiences with launching their first calls for projects. The FARNET Support Unit presented the steps FLAGs need to consider when developing cooperation projects and the lessons learnt from the past period. This meeting is one of the first examples of a joint cross-border networking event on the benefits of cooperation activities. It highlights the FLAG interests in implementing cooperation projects and the eagerness to start collaborating and exploring opportunities with neighbouring FLAGs.


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Other news
Spain is the very first Member State to campaign for #FarmedintheEU on a national level. Its “Day of Aquaculture” event was part of an initiative to bring aquaculture producers and schools together and raise awareness on sustainable aquaculture.
To understand the key steps involved in setting up cooperation projects, see the report and presentations from last November’s Managing Authorities and National Networks meeting.
Golfo Ártabro Sur FLAG recently had their strategy for the 2014-2020 approved. They will work on fostering synergies between the marine and tourism sectors, promoting their heritage and preserving marine ecosystems.
FLAGs in Asturias (Spain) have chosen their first 15 projects to receive funding which will diversify economic activities, promote the fisheries sector and products, improve coastal tourist attractions and environmental measures. More on what they’ll be working on.
Stay updated on the FARNET’s 3rd Transnational Seminar and how the theme of “Social inclusion for vibrant fishing communities” will be addressed.
Do you have ideas on how to promote transnational nautical tourism? A call for proposals is here.
Businesses and local groups are invited to submit their project applications to the Highland & Moray FLAG.
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