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FLAG factsheet - Estonia - Hiiukala

Offical name: 
MTÜ Hiiukala
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Description of the area and its main challenges

Hiiumaa is a beautiful, un-spoilt island in the Baltic Sea. The area consists of Hiiumaa island and a number or small islets surrounding it, together forming a county. The county is divided into 5 municipalities. Small scale coastal fishing is important for the island´s identity and for attracting tourists. However, the main challenge is overcoming the difficulties engendered by the area´s peripheral location and finding markets for the products made on the island while recognizing its environment as an asset in itself and consolidating the area as a tourism destination.

Population: 10 623 Employment in fisheries: 125

Surface area/km²: 1 019 Coastal or inland: coastal 

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 10.4 Protected areas: 9 landscape reserves, 7 nature reserves, 17 special protection areas - all of which are part of the Natura 2000 network.

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The main focus of the strategy is to develop infrastructure and services that support sustainable coastal fishing and its traditions as well as finding additional activities for coastal fishermen.

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

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

Diversification into other activities (1-5) : 4

Other : Tourism and increasing the competitiveness of the area : 4

Project examples and ideas

- Fish storage facilities (cooling, freezing) set up by coastal fishermen themselves

- Arranging a national garfish festival in May with a small fish market, an angling competition and other festivities.

- Exposing local cultural heritage connected to fishing and making it a tourist attraction.

- Supporting Orjaku Port


Lead Partner/Responsible Legal Entity:  NGO Hiiukala

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership: 62 fishery entrepreneurs, 5 local municipalities, 1 company of professional fishermen, 6 local NGOs, 3 entrepreneurs in other fields of activity.

Links with LEADER: daily co-operation with local Leader-group (Hiidlaste Koostöökogu) including exchange of information and experience and the co-organizing of events. Work on overlapping themes such as the promotion of local food products and finding markets for them.

% of public actors : 7

% of fisheries actors : 80

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors : 13

% of environmental actors : 0

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership : 77

Number of individuals on main decision-making body : 7

Number of contracted staff in FLAG : 1


Total public funding 2007-2013 : € 3 000 000

EFF : € 2 250 000

Other public (national funding) : €    750 000 

Private : € 1 000 000

FLAG Manager: 
Lia Rosenberg
Other contact: 
President: Heino Kalmus
NGO Hiiukala, Vabrikuväljak 1, 92411 Kärdla, Hiiumaa, Estonia
info (at)
+372 56941855
Languages spoken: 
English, Estonian