Case Studies in other FLAG Areas

Case Studies in other FLAG Areas

 
With many Fisheries Local Action Groups now up and running, there are a growing number of project examples which can inspire other good practices or provide potential partners for transnational co-operation.
 

Access these projects by the themes below or by country (www.farnet.eu).
One such example is in the FLAG Flevoland (Netherlands) with the “De Boet” (The Shed) extracted from https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fpfis/cms/farnet/de-boet-shed-flag-flevoland-nl.
 

The project proposal:

 

  • Reconstruction of a historic building in the heart of Urk fishing village to turn it into a multifunctional space, based around a renowned local fish restaurant.

 

Project Objectives:

 

  • Expand a successful local business
  • Contribute to the revival of the local fishing heritage
  • Increase the touristic offer around this heritage
  • Promote and add value to local products

 

Project description:

 
The project will reconstruct an old building, “De Boet”, which is part of the historical heritage of Urk. “De Boet” is a former work shed which was first used for building traditional wooden fishing boats (old masts of these boats were used to support the wooden frame of the roof of the building), then later as offices for the local steam ferry.
 
The new construction will be identical to its ancestor and will be turned into a multifunctional space centred around a famous local fish restaurant. In addition to the regular food service, the restaurant will be integrated into a wider touristic package, where customers will be allowed to bring back fish bought from the local fish auction, learn how to cook it and then enjoy it in the atmosphere of this special place.
 
Cooking classes, which will benefit from purposely built facilities in the new structure, will also be offered to associations or private companies as team building experiences. There are also discussions with the local catering vocational college to use the new facilities to allow for its students to experience real life situations in a working restaurant. Furthermore, the building will have an exhibition area for showcasing the work of local artists or hosting other types of events, such as local food tastings.
 

Project outcomes

 

  • The project is planning to multiply the turnover of the actual restaurant by a factor 2 to 3 and lead to the creation of 4 to 8 additional jobs
  • Restaurant space available will grow from currently 40 places to around 90
  • Income from the restaurant should be complemented by the revenue generated from the side activities (cooking classes, exhibitions, events etc.
  • The harbour area itself is also expected to benefit indirectly from this project through the additional touristic offer it represents thus raising Urk’s profile as a touristic destination.
  • Indirect benefits comprise the improvement of the surroundings of the harbour and the promotion of local fish products through the cooking classes