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Key themes and objectives of SBFLAG

A series of key issues were created after looking at findings from the Fishing Industry Research Study in 2015 and the feedback from consultation with stakeholders in early September 2016.

These key issues have been grouped around five themes. These themes also give the context for the objectives agreed by SBFLAG. The objectives align with the aims of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). 

Key themes

Theme 1: Adding value, creating jobs, attracting young people and promoting innovations at all stages of the supply chain of fishery and aquaculture products.

Objective 1:  Improve links with other local food and other producers.

Objective 2:  Achieve better links with schools and colleges to encourage young people to help develop the sector.

Objective 3:  Support delivery of small-scale infrastructure projects to encourage sustainable growth of the industry.

Objective 4:  Creation of opportunities for networking, marketing and promotion of local industry, including supply chain opportunities.

Objective 5:  Provision of support for trying out new processes or adding value to products to help small companies in the fishing industry to grow.

Theme 2: Supporting diversification inside or outside commercial fisheries, lifelong learning and job creation in fisheries and aquaculture areas.

Objective 6:  Support for business to identify and diversification opportunities and re-skill within or outside the sector. 

Objective 7:  Provision of opportunities to develop the tourism sector linked to local fisheries, including pescatourism, eco-tourism and tourist facilities.

Theme 3: Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets of the fisheries and aquaculture areas, including operations to mitigate climate change.

Objective 8:  Identification and development of alternative sources of income for the fishing industry such as renewable energy.

Objective 9:  Making the most of the local natural environment.

Objective 10:  Sustainable and balanced development of the heritage and tourism aspects of the coastline.

Theme 4: Promoting social well-being and cultural heritage in fisheries and aquaculture areas, including fisheries, aquaculture and maritime cultural heritage.

Objective 11:  Support for the promotion of cultural heritage, aquaculture and maritime interests.

Theme 5: Local development and the governance of local fisheries resources and maritime activities.

Objective 12:  To further engage communities and local representatives to support and promote the local industry.