Pilot Project Fishery

Project Coordinator: Autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia
Implementor: OGS – National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics

In Libya there is still a strong fishing tradition, both in terms of know-how and training structures. Nevertheless, many supporting structures have been damaged by recent events. In such a context, the partnership promotes cooperation with local stakeholders according to a bottom-up approach to reinforce the traditional fisheries sector. The pilot action on fishery is implemented in the framework of the REBUILD project and involves Libyan municipalities of Sirte, Zliten, Benghazi, Tripoli, Tobruk.

The action aims at making available to local communities involved in fisheries and related productive sectors a facility for the storage and management of fish, to allow its conservation, refrigeration, commercialization, preparation for delivery to customers and delivery (a comprehensive traceability system for the supply chain in the fishery sector). This is to ease the commercialization of fish at local and international markets.

The three main pillars of the pilot activity on fishery are:

  1. Supporting the definition of traceability and certification paths in the fishery sector according to the current EU legislation (storage, refrigeration and management processes)
  2. Strengthening local training institutions and promoting training courses aiming at enabling young Libyan fishermen to reach the adequate skills required to improve their abilities to contribute to local development in the field of fisheries
  3. Pilot test in one of the five municipalities (previously identified) for infrastructure compliance with EU regulations for conservation, refrigeration, commercialisation, and preparation for delivery to customers.

Target groups: technical staff at municipal level, representatives at local level of national thematic technical and regulatory authorities (fisheries, renewable energies and waste management), vocational training institutions and local economic categories (fishermen, local service providers’ companies and local private sector).

This pilot project is the follow-up of PATH-DEV, a project managed in 2017-2019 by The Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region and five Libyan coastal municipalities (co-applicants in PathDEV) in the framework of the Nicosia Initiative, funded by the Italian Ministry of Interior. The management of the pilot project is led by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region, with the technical support of the Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS) acting as technical assistance partner to the Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region.

Period: November 2021 – March 2025 (40 months)

See also:

Storyboard nr 6: Visit to Libya. Pilot Project Fishery

Storyboard nr 11: Mission to Libya. pilot Projects