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FLAG factsheet - Finland - South Finland

Offical name: 
Etelä-Suomen kalatalousryhmä ESKO
South Finland
South Finland
Description of the area and its main challenges

The area is located in the coastal area of southern Finland, about 400 km from the city of Hanko (to the West) and with the Russian border in the East. The main challenges are the increasing age of fishermen which is over 50 years and increasing every year given the difficulties of attracting younger people to the profession. Other challenges that the fishing community faces include the high number of seals which destroy 50-90% of the catch.   

Population: 300 000                                                            Employment in fisheries: 350

Surface area/km²: 5 915                                                   Coastal or inland: coastal 

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 51                        Protected areas: no

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The FLAG´s strategy focuses primarily on improving living standards and quality of life in the archipelago and fostering sustainable fisheries

Environmental Management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority) : 4

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

Diversification into other activities (1-5) : 4

Project examples and ideas

- New product-development in fisheries and local business    

- To promote and launch new co-operation between small fisheries-related enterprises in fishing harbours    


Lead Partner/Responsible Legal Entity :  Sepra ry 

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership : Other Leader LAGs, fisheries actors, public actors, NGOs 

Links with LEADER : The FLAG was set up under the Leader LAG, Kehu ry, and it also has links with Leader groups: Pomoväst rf, Silmu ry and Sepra ry               

% of public actors : 30

% of fisheries actors : 30

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors : 30

% of environmental actors : 0

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership : 18

Number of individuals on main decision-making body : 18

Number of contracted staff in FLAG : 1


Total public funding 2007-2013 : € 1 360 000

EFF : €    584 800

Other public : €    775 200

Private : €    544 000

FLAG Manager: 
Esko Taanila
Other contact: 
President: Mr Teemu Tast
Sepra ry, Helsingitie 1 A, 49460 Hamina, Finland
esko.taanila (at) & esko.taanila (at)
+358 40 5085784
Languages spoken: 
Finnish, Swedish and a little English