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FLAG factsheet - Denmark - LAG Fyn

Offical name: 
LAG Fyn
Country: 
Denmark
Region: 
South Denmark
Area: 
Island of Fyn
Code: 
DK04
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Description of the area and its main challenges

The fisheries area of Fyn is characterised by rural districts with low levels of income and  education and a declining and aging population. The area has more than 30 harbours or landings, but only one of these is a fishery harbour of reasonable scale.

The decline in the fisheries sector is generally attributed to declining fish stocks (due to pollution and overfishing), a lack of interest among young people in becoming fishermen, and the long distances to auctions or processing plants. In addition, there is a feeling that EU regulations do not adequately take account of the situation of small scale fishing businesses (mostly small single handled boats) and traditions.

Furthermore, there is only a limited tradition of collaboration between fishermen in the area. Blue tourism on the other hand is a growing sector, while the wind energy sector seems to have reached maturity in the area.

Population: 482 410                                                       Employment in fisheries: less than 300 fishermen.

Surface area/km²: 2 984                                              Coastal or inland: Coastal

Population density / inhabitants / km²: 150                Protected areas:  Presence of Natura 2000 areas

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The FLAG Fyn strategy focuses on developing small harbours and landing places for fishermen and other private boat operators, and developing new opportunities for adding value to fisheries products, tourism, and environmental projects.

Environmental management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority): 1

Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1 - 5): 3

Diversification into other activities (1 - 5): 2

Other: General development of the areas with a focus on activities related to the sea/coast.

Project examples and ideas

- Adding value to fisheries products through cooperation with local municipal plans for local food culture/products;

- Developing each small harbour or landing place taking account of local cultural ressources and characteristics, particularly in relation to business, tourism, recreational facilities and environmental protection.

- From offline to online: development of a website (www.seatrout.dk) promoting sea trout fishing from the shores of Fyn. The island is considered as one of the best spots in the world for this type of fishing and this website provides all information necessary for this activity to potential anglers, including fishing hotspots, tips, offers of guided packages, accomodation possibilities, etc. 

Partnership

Lead Partner or Responsible Legal Entity : FLAG Fyn

Other key actors / organisations in the partnership : FLAG Fyn is organised as an association. All inhabitants aged over 16 can join the association.

Links with LEADER: The manager of the FLAG is also the manager of the Leader LAG.                                                                                                   
% of public actors: 27

% of fishery sector actors: 37

% of non-fisheries private / NGO sector actors: 36

% of environmental actors: 0

Number of individuals/organisations in the partnership: Three of the board members are individuals. Several members represent multiple interests.

Number of individuals on the main decision-making body: 11

Number of contracted staff in the FLAG: 0.3

Funding

Total public funding 2007-2013: € 2 200 000 (estimated)

EFF: € 1 600 000 (estimated)  

Other public funding: €    600 000 (estimated)  


Contacts
FLAG Manager: 
Ide Seidelin
Other contact: 
Mr. Henrik Lund
Address: 
Torvet 19, 5600 Faaborg
Email: 
idms (at) udviklingfyn.dk
Telephone: 
+45 29113062
Languages spoken: 
Danish, English