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Operational Programme Fisheries 2000-2006

 

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OP Budget

 

Total Cost:  

483,104,488

euro

Public Cost:   

343,507,076

euro

Community Participation:

257,733,308

euro

National Participation:  

85,773,768

euro

Private Participation: 

139,597,412

euro

 

Strategic Objectives

 

The general goals of the fishing sector policy during this programming period are to:

 

n              Achieve a sustainable balance between fishing production and conservation of fisheries resources

 

n              Apply the principles of responsible fisheries and aquaculture

 

n              Enhance sector competitiveness and contribute to the development of economically sustainable businesses

 

n              Improve market supply quality and make good use of fisheries and aquaculture products

 

n              Contribute to local development, particularly of regions dependent on fisheries

 

n              Use domestic water resources rationally with a view to sustainability

 

n              Promote equal opportunities in respective labour market

 

The above-mentioned objectives are more specifically defined as follows:

 

Sea fisheries:

n              Protection of fisheries resources

n              Restructuring of fishing fleet

n              Improvement of living conditions of fishermen

n              Support in terms of vocational reorientation for fishermen and related professionals

 

Aquaculture

n              Product quality upgrading

n              Modernisation and restructuring of enterprises in the sector

n              Modernisation of the data monitoring and entry for the production, trade and employment system

n              Increase in the production of aquaculture products

n              Improvement of conditions in fish farms located in domestic waters

n              Environmental protection ensuring sustainability

n              Aquaculture product market research and location of new markets, according to consumer demands

 

Processing - Trade

n              Industry orientation towards high value-added products

n              Increased productivity of processing and trading enterprises and increased product exportability

n              Expand geographic coverage of sector activities

n              Provision of suitable support infrastructure and services to sector

n              Improved sector contribution to maintaining and/or increasing employment rates and environmental protection

 

 

Selected Basic Indicators

 

The basic results expected from the completion of the programme are as follows:

 

n              Reduced capacity of the fishing fleet, up to an estimated 19,000 GT, namely approximately 17.88% of the overall capacity (1/1/1999 report)

 

n              Reduced power of fishing fleet to 104,000 kW, namely approximately 16.08% of the overall power (1/1/1999 report)

 

n              Construction of fishing vessels with a total capacity of 800 GT and/or power of 8,300 kW, namely approximately 0.76% of the total capacity and 1.28% of the total power of the country’s fleet

 

n              Modernised vessels with a total capacity of 20,100 GT and/or total power of 77,000 kW, namely approximately 19.10% of the total capacity and 11.90% of the total power of the country’s fleet

 

n              Increased aquaculture production capacity by means by 10,000 tonnes for marine species, by 1,750 tonnes for fresh water species, by 3,450 tonnes for shellfish and by 50 million for spawn fish

 

n              Increased fisheries product processing and trade capacity by 600 tonnes for fresh or refrigerated products, by 200 tonnes for canned or semi-preserved products, by 11,000 tonnes for frozen or deep-frozen products and by 2,500 tonnes for other processed products

 

n              Increased production in processed products by 11,000 tonnes per year

 

 

Implementation Progress

 

187 projects have been approved up to date, their total public cost amounting to 77.2% of the overall public cost of the programme. Total budget contracted (legal commitments) corresponds to 59.3% of the overall public cost of the programme, while expenditure to date on the whole programme amounts to 32.9% of the overall public cost of the OP.

 

Actions already planned and financed by the programme include:

 

n              Scrapping 2,112 fishing vessels, with a total public cost of 94 million euro

 

n              Building 38 new fishing vessels, with a total public cost of 1.6 million euro, and modernising 281 fishing vessels, with a total public cost of 7 million euro

 

n              Constructing 3 man-made reefs, with a total public cost of 2.6 million euro

 

n              Assistance paid to 144 aquaculture units, with a total public cost of 29 million euro

 

n              Improving the infrastructure at 75 fishing ports, with a total public cost of 14 million euro

 

n              Assistance paid to 79 processing and trading firms of fishing products, with a total public cost of 47 million euro

 

n              Inclusion of 265 fishing professionals in the socio-economic measures financed by the programme, with a total public cost of 4.6 million euro

 

n              Construction and improvement projects involving 17 fishing-boat harbours, with a total public cost of 22 million euro

 

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