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PRIZEFISH - Piloting of eco-innovative fishery supply–chains to market added–value Adriatic fish products

The PRIZEFISH objective is to implement a cross-border, territorial and socio-economic developmental change in the cooperative renewable exploitation of Adriatic fishery resources and consequently in the long-term benefits on the Adriatic marine ecosystems. Adriatic fishery resources are shared and exploited by coastal economic communities and they suffer of overfishing or severe exploitation and decline risks. Common Fisheries Policy recommends to implementing medium-term strategy for sustainability, based on strong scientific/socio-economic analyses and innovative actions that can empower small scale fishermen and fishery operators to adopt low-impact fishing methods.Common Organisations of Markets recommends cross-border cooperation among fishers towards sustainable fishing, matching market demands and consumer attitudes, as well creating innovative added-value seafood products that can penetrate with success EU and non-EU markets.
PRIZEFISH tackles the dual territorial challenge for Italian and Croatian Adriatic fishing SMEs and Producer Organizations (POs) to be more sustainable and to increase their economic competitiveness in the seafood markets, by developing and piloting innovative fishery products with added-value given by ecolabels fulfilling requirements of environmental, economic and social sustainability.
This goal will be achieved through a three-pillar approach (High content of research & innovation, Industry-driven and market penetration and Capitalization in fishery-based communities) and a transnational, balanced IT-HR partnership built on the quadruple helix approach: University & Research Institutes; Fishing SMEs & POs, Territorial development bodies and no-profit organizations/NGOs. 

OGS will contribute to the collection of data useful to describe and analyse the fisheries in the Adriatic Sea. The analysis, also using of ecosystem models, will evaluate the degree of ecological sustainability of the fisheries and this will allow to piloting toward eco-certification of their products.

Total budget of the project is 3,117,680.00 EUR, of which 85% are co-financed by the ERDF (2,650,028.00 EUR). 

The OGS budget for the project is in total 502.360,00 EUR of which 85% (427.006,00 EUR) being co-financed by the ERDF and 15% (75.354,00  EUR) by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance - I.G.R.U.E - CIPE.



  1. Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna – (CIRSA) lead partner (Ravenna, IT) 
  2. Zadar County (Zadar, HR)
  3. Institute of marine science - CNR ISMAR (Ancona, IT)
  4. ASSAM - Agency for Agrofood Service Sector of Regione Marche (Ancona, IT)
  5. CESTHA Experimental centre for habitat conservation (Ravenna, IT)
  6. Secondary School Remo Brindisi (Lido degli Estensi, Ferrara, IT)
  7. Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries (Split, IT)
  8. National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS, Trieste, IT)
  9. Fishermen’s Cooperative OMEGA3 (Kali, HR)
  10. Fishing Cooperative ISTRIA (Porec, HR)
  11. Organization producers of bivalve mollusc of the Veneto Sea (Venezia, IT)
  12. Advisory service public institution for advisory activities in agriculture, rural development, fisheries and forest management (Zagreb, IT)
  13. Public institution RERA SD for coordination and development of Split-Dalmatia County (Split, HR)
  14. Emilia Romagna Region (Bologna, IT)

PRIZEFISH is financed by the Italy-Croatia CBC Program

January, 2019 to June, 2021