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FISHINMED : Mediterranean Network of sustainable small-scale fishing communities


Fishing is a strategic sector in the Mediterranean area in terms of economic growth and employment. However, several issues may hamper its development on the long run such as low profitability and competitiveness, impact of catch limits on marginal areas characterized by poor job opportunities and lack of an appropriate common strategy at Mediterranean level for small fishing communities. In this complex framework, FISHINMED aims at protecting and enhancing small fishing communities, thus increasing employment opportunities as well as preventing the uncontrolled exploitation of sea resources. The specific objective of the project is to establish a Mediterranean network (Euro-Mediterranean observatory) gathering public and private institutions with a view to defining common strategies for the social and economic development of small fishing communities and set up of a local technical support system aimed at diversifying economic activities and increasing the income of the operators involved. The expected results are 1) Definition of strategies for the socio-economic development of small fishing communities 2) Setting up of a system for the technical support and assistance to small fishing communities to diversify activities and strengthen the competitiveness of fishing operators 3) Enhancement of the role of Mediterranean small fishing communities

Project information

Puglia Region, Regional Ministry for agro-food policies, Department of Hunting and Fishing (Italy, Puglia)
International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (Italy), Agricultural Research Center, Central Laboratory for Aquaculture Research (Egypt), Sicily Region, Department of Fisheries (Italy, Sicilia), Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife (Lebanon), LAORE Regional Agency (Italy), Ministry of Agriculture, General Direction of Fishing and Aquaculture (Tunisia), Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Greece)
Source of funding
€ 1.472.270

Reference information



economic development, sustainability



Climate impacts


Adaptation Measures and Actions


Marine and Fisheries

Geographic characterization

Mediterranean Sea

Countries: GR, IT

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