16 September 2013

Preparatory Action "Guardians of the Sea"

Deadline for submission of proposals: 18/10/2013 

 The purpose of this Action is to promote a better balance between the EU fishing fleet and the available fisheries resources and to contribute to the reduction of the EU fishing fleet while at the same time preserving jobs in coastal communities

The Action should examine and demonstrate the feasibility and economic viability of maritime activities other than fishing, using a re-assigned fishing vessel, which are carried out by fishermen and captains who have left fishing, thus making the best use of their knowledge, experience and expertise. 

Specific objectives of the project 
 (a) Test in Mediterranean coastal regions, the feasibility of professionally reorienting fishermen using fishing vessels re-assigned to activities other than fishing; 
 (b) Identify and develop technical solutions for sea cleaning, such as for example to solve the problem of collecting small plastic debris and small fragments; 
 (c) Identify the economic conditions and operational costs of vessels operating as a platform for a number of environmental and maritime activities outside fishing and identify ways for future funding; 
 (d) Identify the relevant training needs of fishermen, and where appropriate, vessel owners, and identify ways to cover these needs and fund them; 
 (e) Support the reduction of fishing capacity in line with CFP Reform objectives by providing incentives to both fisherman and vessel owners to leave the sector and opt for professional reorientation. 

 The following types of entities located in a Mediterranean coastal region are eligible to participate in the call: 
- public authorities (national, regional, local administration); 
- public or semi-public bodies; 
- profit or non-profit making private bodies;
- research centres and educational institutions; 
- other interested associations, such as FLAGs within the meaning of Regulation (EC) 1198/2006. 

Budget: € 1.200.000

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