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Adri.SmArtFish: Valorisation of SMall-scale ARTisanal FISHery of the Adriatic coasts in a context of sustainability #

The general objective of the Project is to strengthen the Small-Scale Fishery role in the GSA 17 in the near future, by fostering its potential for innovation within the Blue Growth context. Exploiting the great adaptability of SSF, the Project promoted its assumption as a paradigm for the
implementation of integrated management strategies, through an Ecosystem-Based Approach.

Problem addressed #

In a sector like the small-scale Fishery, which has evolved in strong connection with local tradition and in balance with the ecosystem, the elements of innovation most likely to bring the greatest benefits won’t be found in processes and technologies, but rather in the approach to management and in the valorization of the products, in an effort to boost its resilience and sustainability, and market value.

Objectives & implementation #

The project involved all the actors responsible for the management of the coastal area with a bottom-up approach; strategies to mitigate risk and exploit opportunities will be identified in cooperation with stakeholders, and will serve to strengthen the scientific advice, to improve medium term planning and the policy making process. The first artificial fish reef in Croatia was installed in February 2021 in the Zadar channel for preservation of underwater life and restoration of flora and fauna. The reef has been made of environmentally friendly materials, which, with its shape and chemical composition, enable the settlement of organisms and the formation of a complete biocenosis as similar as possible to those found on natural reefs.

Stakeholders #

The main beneficiaries of the project are General Public, Local, regional and national public authorities, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), NGOs, Associations, Innovation Agencies, Business Incubators, Cluster Management Bodies and Networks.

Timescale #

From 01/01/2019 to 31/03/2022

Fields of application #

The main filed of application for this project is Small-scale Fishery Sector.

Transferability #

Small-scale Fishery is the most relevant fishery segment, deeply rooted in local traditions, adapted to the environment through coevolution, and inherently sustainable. For this, and for its potential to provide sustainable growth and jobs, in harmony with the marine environment, it is acknowledged at many levels (FAO, EU CFP, ERDF, EUSAIR) to play an important role in the pursuit of Blue Growth.

Impact & Results #

The project involved all the actors responsible for the management of the coastal area with a bottom-up approach; strategies to mitigate risk and exploit opportunities were identified in cooperation with stakeholders, and are serving to strengthen the scientific advice, to improve medium term planning and the policy making process.

External links #

https://programming14-20.italy-croatia.eu/web/adrismartfish/about-the-project

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