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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 Business and SMEs development
A.1.2 Euro-Mediterranean economic clusters
France, Italy, Tunisia, Lebanon, Palestine

Financial data

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


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Technical outputs

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

Project news

Tunisia : selection of an external auditor within the framework of FISH MED NET project

The Tunisian Association for the Development of Artisanal Fisheries is recruiting an auditor within the framework of FISH MED NET project. Deadline for submission of tenders: …


Project news

FISH MED NET: call for tenders

Federation of Municipalities of the South Corse, as Lead Beneficiary of the FISH MED NET project, has launched a tender for technical assistance services.


Project news

Launch of the FISH MED NET project in Porto-Vecchio (Corsica)

The kick-off meeting of FISH MED NET project took place in Porto-Vecchio in Corsica on Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 January 2020.


Project news

14 May 2020
FISH MED NET: CIHEAM IAMB is looking for an external auditor

The deadline for receiving offers is 26th of May 2020.


Project news

11 February 2020
Call for tenders: FISH MED NET project Monitoring and Quality Control Plan

Deadline for receiving bids is 23rd February 2020 at 6.00 pm (Rome time).

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