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FLAG factsheet - Finland - Vakka-Suomi

Offical name: 
Vakka-Suomi
Country: 
Finland
Region: 
Southern Finland
Area: 
Vakka-Suomi
Code: 
FI03
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Description of the area and its main challenges

Vakka-Suomi is located in the SW archipelago of Finland. The main challenges it experiences in terms of its fishing community are as follows: 1) decling catches of pikeperch, perch, whitefish and pike; 2) difficulties in recruiting yong people to commercial fishing; 3) making fishing tourism more professional; 4) maintaining sustainable fishing and fish farming; and 5) maintaining the important role that fisheries currently play in the area. 

Population: 20 680                                                             Employment in fisheries: 430

Surface area/km²: 952 (land); 3 213 (incl.sea-area)           Coastal or inland: Coastal 

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 16.2                    Protected areas: Natura 2000, 740 km2

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The strategy focuses on four key aims: 1) developing vital professional fishing; 2) making Vakka-Suomi area a good national example of fisheries; 3) improving fishing tourism and other lines of business; and 4) maintaining sustainable use of fish stocks.  

Environmental Management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority) : 3

Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1-5) : 4

Diversification into other activities (1-5) : 4

Other : Improving skills and raising quality standards : 4

Project examples and ideas

- Project to get more value from the Baltic herring by developing a steak-ready herring pan    

- Development plan of fishing tourism in the area

- Ensuring local fisheries are on the internet for public and tourism information (map based view) 

Partnership

Lead Partner/Responsible Legal Entity:  Ravakka LAG

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership : Fishermen´s organisations, municipalities, private companies   

Links with LEADER : The FLAG was set up under the Ravakka Leader LAG.         

% of public actors : 10

% of fisheries actors : 70

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors : 19

% of environmental actors : 1

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership : 300 / 30

Number of individuals on main decision-making body : 7

Number of contracted staff in FLAG : 1

Funding

Total public funding 2007-2013 : € 1 085 600 (2008-2011)

EFF : €    344 000

Other public : €    741 600 (€ 456 000 national funds + € 285 600 from local municipalities)

Private : €    112 360

Contacts
FLAG Manager: 
Petri Rannikko
Other contact: 
President: Mr Esa Urhonen
Address: 
Ravakka LAG, PL20, 23501 Uusikaupunki, Finland
Email: 
petri.rannikko ( at ) ravakka.fi
Telephone: 
+358 50 366 39 50
Fax: 
+358 2 8451 5312
Languages spoken: 
Finish, English and some Swedish