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FARNET Magazine n° 14

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A local transition with a FARNET touch
- The Forth FLAG (Scotland, UK)

Ready to set sail
- Community-led local development in Menorca (Spain)

Coastal fisheries areas, CLLD and the migrant crisis
- Three-way interview with Jean-René Bilongo, Anastasios Perimenis, Pia Smeds

Innovation along the supply chain

Lessons for fruitful cooperation

Success and succession
- Strengthening the fisheries sector in southern Finland

Measuring CLLD: the challenges of demonstrating results and longer-term impacts of local development in fisheries areas


FARNET Magazine n° 13: 2014-2020 A network of opportunities

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CLLD is starting

FARNET: seven years of experience

Taking on the future with CLLD

Blue growth and coastal development

Climate change and the energy transition
- Interview GUY SVANBACK, SANNA-SOFIA SKOG                                                       

Job creation and social inclusion

Territorial impacts of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy             

Who’s who?

FARNET Magazine n° 12: Sailing towards 2020

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A new direction for FLAGs 

The reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), job creation and the fight against poverty, climate change and the energy transition, blue growth and coastal development, and a participatory approach to local development combining different funding opportunities (multi-funding) – these are just some of the very diverse challenges and opportunities FLAGs must consider as they prepare their strategies for the next six years.

Focus: FARNET sets sail

Report on the “Sailing Towards 2020” conference
(Brussels, 2-3 March 2015).

Report: A slice of the cake 

Fishermen in the popular tourist destinations of Larnaca and Famagusta in Cyprus are using Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) to improve their skills, and the quality of their products and services, in order to benefit more from the local tourism market.

Special insert: The FARNET Experience

A summary of local development in coastal and fisheries areas.

Report: ‘Boys ashore’

Community-led local development is a well-established practice in Hastings, England (UK). Incorporating fishermen into the process was a new departure, however, which has now been achieved thanks to Axis 4 of the EFF. 


Three-way interview with Timo Halonen, Edite Kublina and José Vicente Palmero Jorro, representatives of managing authorities in Finland, Latvia and Spain respectively.

FARNET Magazine n° 11: Designing the future

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Designing the future

As we shift our focus to the next programming period, it is increasingly clear that new solutions and new thinking are required to address evolving challenges. Even where FLAGs have been successful in achieving their goals in the 2007-2013 period, they will still have to reassess their situation and prepare new strategies that respond to the changing external environment,the new legislative framework, and take account of their own evolving capacity and maturity as agents of local development.

Zoom: Integrating different funds in CLLD:intensive dialogue underway in Poland

Report: Small streams make great rivers

Integrated local development in coastal Alto Minho (Portugal).


Three-way interview with Frédérique Deschamps, Gala Martinez and Manuela Sampaio, FLAG managers.

Report: A good catch

Fishermen on the island of Hiiumaa, in the Estonian archipelago, have made the most of the opportunities offered by Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF).

Trade winds

Two innovative examples of boosting the effectiveness of FLAG work.

Spotlight: Improving communication and participation

Tools for FLAGs to ensure the involvement of the local community in the strategy development process.

FARNET Magazine n° 10: Putting learning into practice

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Putting learning into practice

In 2006, just eight years ago, the European Commission held a first transnational meeting in Oporto, Portugal, to launch a new “territorial approach” to addressing the challenges faced by Europe’s fisheries. Axis 4, as it became known, was born and in 2014 we are starting to see the results and learn from this first experiment in local development for fisheries communities.

Zoom: Peer-to-peer learning and mentoring

Three examples from Sweden.

Report: Partners of the sea

Forging a common maritime identity through animation and collective project support in Marennes Oléron (Poitou-Charentes, France).

People: Rita Pamplona  

Report: Axis 4 of the EFF, at the forefront of sustainable development in Romania

Two examples in the Danube Delta and South Dobrogea.

Trade winds

Four innovative, area-based development projects in fisheries areas. 

Spotlight:Towards a successful implementation of Axis 4

A study on Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF) in 15 Member States estimates that considerable employment benefits and some important qualitative results have already been achieved by FLAGs and beneficiaries.

FARNET Magazine n° 9 : Linking fisheries to the tourism economy

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Linking fisheries to the tourism economy

Although FLAGs across Europe operate in very different environments and adopt very different strategies, an overwhelming majority have identified tourism as an essential element of their strategic approach. 

Zoom: Pesca-tourism in Sardinia (Italy)

Sardinia is among the leading regions in Europe when it comes to pesca-tourism and related activities.

Report: Fishing, an ally of low-impact tourism

The low intensity tourism that predominates in the delta of the Ebro River (Spain) draws increasingly on aspects of the fisheries sector. In addition to local gourmet products, a range of new fisheries-related tourism services are now also attracting visitors.

People: Stephanie Maes  

Report: The missing link  

In the far north of Finland, fishermen have turned to tourism to diversify and increase their income. The process began with a training programme supported by Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund.

Trade winds

Four innovative, area-based development projects in fisheries areas. 

Spotlight: Pesca-tourism around Europe 

Many FLAGs have been keen to capitalise on the potential of pesca-tourism to promote local fisheries products and attract visitors to discover their area’s fishing heritage. However, pesca-tourism often faces prohibitive legal and administrative barriers, and in some countries it is simply not permitted.

FARNET Magazine n° 8 : Marketing the local catch

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Marketing the local catch: new opportunities for fisheries areas

Faced with the prospect of rising costs, strict limitations on catch sizes and increasing competition from cheaper imports, more and more fishermen are re-evaluating the market potential of their catch and looking for new and more lucrative distribution channels.Zoom on the new Stockholm fish market (Sweden).

Report: The FLAG fish  

Carp is a flagship product and a driving force for sustainable local development in the Barycz valley (Poland).

Interview: Aigars Laugalis 

Report: An emotional business 

In Salento (Italy), tourism brings some great opportunities for a local fishing sector in search of added value and diversification.

Trade winds

Four innovative, area-based development projects in fisheries areas. 

Spotlight: Delivering results 

FLAGs have to provide evidence that Community-Led Local Development (CLLD) -  Axis 4  in the current period – can foster socio-economic development in a way that cannot be delivered by top-down policies.


FARNET Magazine n° 7 : Fisheries communities at the heart of local development

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Taking your place: FLAGs added value in the local development process

As the Axis 4 programme moves into its final phase, FLAGs have to show that their activities are making a significant impact on local people’s lives. They must also lay the foundations to enable them to play a stronger role in the future. Zoom on the Trabocchi Coast in Italy.

Report: Fishing, at the heart of the community 

The arrival of Axis 4 of the European Fisheries Fund in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (UK) has made it possible to convert ideas into action, for the benefit of fishermen but also the wider coastal.

Interview: Struan Stevenson MEP  

Report: From the land to the sea

On the islands of Lesvos, Lemnos and Agios Efstratios, in Greece, the FLAG is adapting to the coast, concepts that Leader has already used successfully inland.

Trade winds

Four innovative, area-based development projects in fisheries areas.

Spotlight: Making the system work for local communities - key issues for Axis 4 delivery

The ability of FLAGs to play a role in local development depends to a large extent on the way Axis 4 is implemented; in other words, on the “delivery system”.


FARNET Magazine n° 6 : The environment as a driver of development in Europe’s fisheries areas

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Green growth for the blue economy: why protecting the environment is good for Europe's fisheries areas

The protection and sustainable management of environmental resources should not be seen only as a constraint, but also as a means of safeguarding a key asset, and an increasingly important source of jobs and development in fisheries areas.

Report: All in the same boat  

In the Pays d’Auray (France), an area facing severe pressure due to the escalating price of land, Axis 4 of the EFF is supporting the efforts of shellfish growers, fishermen, farmers and other local stakeholders to preserve the local environment, water quality and primary coastal activities

Interview: Jacqueline McGlade, excecutive Director of the European Environment Agency

Report: Exploring new paths 

On the western coast of the province of Huelva in Andalusia, Axis 4 of the EFF is investing in projects that combine environmental restoration with the professional redeployment of fishermen.

Trade winds

Four innovative, area-based development projects in fisheries areas.

Spotlight: sustainability at the core of the new European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

This article identifies some of the main building blocks of the EMFF with a particular focus on the implications for the environment and the sustainable development of fisheries areas


FARNET Magazine n° 5: Sustainable futures for fisheries areas

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Interview: Maria Damanaki, member of the European Commission, responsible for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Report: Ports ahoy  

On the Estonian shore of Lake Peipsi, collective actions, supported  and  stimulated by Axis 4 of the EFF, have led to the upgrading of fishing ports,  the development of tourism and an increase in the direct sale of local products with a strong involvement of fisheries stakeholders.

30 ways to create sustainable fisheries areas

A showcase of Axis 4 projects from across the EU.

Report: Tourism with a fisheries flavour

The German North Sea fishing ports located between the Weser and the Elbe have been trading on their tourism potential, but the products, equipment and activities need to be brought up-to-date. That is where Axis 4 comes in.