EUROFISH Magazine 1 2020

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[ PROJECTS ] Adri.SmArtFish, a joint Italian Croatian project to beneďŹ t small-scale ďŹ shermen in the northern Adriatic

Helping small-scale fishers promotes Blue Growth The project Adri.SmArtFish unites Italian and Croatian regions of the northern Adriatic, together with two pre-eminent research centres and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Croatia, in an effort to promote sustainability, innovation and co-creation (the collaborative development of value using customers, suppliers etc.) in small-scale ďŹ sheries (SSF) policy-making while preserving marine resources and local traditions and enhancing the competitiveness of small-scale ďŹ shermen through cross-border cooperation.

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to the decline of resources and the competition from industrial fisheries, as well as a lack of organisation and representation, and poor valorisation of the products.

12 m overall length (LOA) and without towed gear is termed small-scale. Worldwide, SSF are the most important segment of coastal fisheries as they are closely

Small-scale fisheries make a vital contribution to Blue Growth

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linked to local coastal communities in terms of culture and socio-economic development. In addition, small-scale fishermen have adapted to their local

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According to the EU definition, fishing by vessels smaller than MiĹĄo PavicĚŒic’

mall-scale fisheries in the countries facing the northern Adriatic have a tradition dating back many centuries. Today, they offer a way of sustainably exploiting marine resources, thanks to the understanding of biological and climatic cycles the operators must develop, the selectivity of the gear used, and the low catch rate. This fragile fisheries segment is facing challenges due

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Small-scale fisheries play an important socio-economic role in coastal communities, but face challenges on several fronts — a lack of organisation, competition from industrial fleets, and limited opportunities to add value to their catches.

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