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Fishery Mediterranean Network

About the project

Decades of overfishing have dramatically harmed the Mediterranean fisheries sector. Catches are now diminishing, impacting negatively on revenues and jobs. As a result, fishing appeal to young people is sharply decreasing. Yet, fishing is still a key Mediterranean economic sector with a high - through underexploited - commercial potential including diversification and integration with other sectors such as fishing tourism, environmental marine services, fishery heritage and food-chain innovation. Unfortunately, the industry remains too fragmented, MSMEs are not enough interconnected and the public authorities are not proving capable to provide the needed enabling environment. FISH MED NET addresses these enduring drawbacks. The project will train fisheries MSMEs in increasing their diversification and integration potential and favoring the development of new products and services. New business alliances will fill the integration gap among MSMEs by fostering common business models and marketing activities. Finally, the project will develop public authorities capacities to encourage both a sustainable and successful development of the fishing sector. 

Key information

Fishery Mediterranean Network
A.1 Développement des entreprises et des PME
A.1.2 Clusters économiques euro-méditerranéens
France, Italie, Tunisie, Liban, Palestine

Financial data

2.2 million
Total budget
2 million
EU contribution
Project co-financing


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Project duration

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Project outputs



What will be improved?

The diversification and integration of the fisheries industry, the enhancement of the innovation processes and increased visibility on global markets will lead to higher sector profitability, new jobs and improved working conditions for fishermen. As a result, the whole sector will recover some attractiveness to young people and will be more connected to the rest of the local economy, in view of promoting an integrated and sustainable blue economy.

Who will benefit?

  • 80 young people from at least 30 MSMEs in the small-scale fishing sector
  • 30 managers/staff from public institutions
  • Operators from the fishing industry 
  • Coastal communities depending on fishing activities

Expected achievements

  • 4 new Mediterranean integrated business models for fisheries diversification developed
  • 100 participants in training courses 
  • 6 counseling desks activated 
  • 60 MSMEs from the sector involved in international fairs and national events
  • 15 round tables fostering dialogue between public administrations and MSMEs
  • 5 sub-grants to support fisheries diversification initiatives carried out by Public-Private Partnerships

Actualité de projet

14 mai 2020
FISH MED NET: CIHEAM IAMB recherche un auditeur externe

La date limite de réception des offres est le 26 mai 2020.


Actualité de projet

11 février 2020
Appel d'offres : plan de suivi et de contrôle qualité du projet FISH MED NET

La date limite de réception des offres est fixée au 23 février 2020 à 18h00 (heure de Rome).

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