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FLAG factsheet - France - Bassin d’Arcachon – Val de l’Eyre

Offical name: 
Bassin d’Arcachon – Val de l’Eyre
Bassin d’Arcachon – Val de l’Eyre
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Description of the area and its main challenges

The programme is implemented in the Bassin d’Arcachon – Val de l’Eyre, which is an important fishing and shellfish farming area facing economic and environmental challenges. Fishing and shellfish farming professionals have decided they would become partners of the local actors in order to take up these challenges.

Population: 128 000 habitants (2006)                                       Employment in fisheries: 942 FTE*

Surface area / km²: 1 494 km²                                             Coastal or inland: Coastal

Population density / inhabitants/km²: 73                         Protected areas: Nature reserves, natural parks, Natura 2000 and coastal conservation areas.

*FTE: Full time equivalents

Main focus of FLAG strategy

- Preserve and valorise the area´s heritage and the environment

- Ensure a responsible economic development of fishing and shellfish farming using innovation, valorisation, eco-tourism…

- Encourage territorial dialogue.

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

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

Diversification into other activities (1 - 5) :4

Project examples and ideas

- Training professionals on how protected marine areas work: study trip to the Iroise Sea Natural Marine Park

- Encouraging diversification through pescatourism projects


Lead Partner / Responsible Legal Entity :  The Communauté d’Agglomération du Bassin d’Arcachon Sud (COBAS – Town community of the South Arcachon Basin)

Other key actors / organisations in the partnership : Inter-municipal Body of the Bassin d’Arcachon Nord Local Councils and that of Val de l´Eyre; professional fishing and shell-fishing organisations; the local sea fishing and maritime breeding committee of Arcachon (CLPMEM AC) and the regional shellfish farming section of Arcachon Aquitaine (SRCAA); an environmental association, the water sports federation, and the intercommunity tourism board.

Links with LEADER : The Pays Bassin d'Arcachon - Val de l'Eyre also has aLeader group which covers the same area as the FLAG. The objective of the Leader programme is to reinforce the link between the coastal and inland areas. Many exchanges occur between the two programmes within the development agency. Complementary reflexions have started in particular on the development of eco-tourism products and the development of new marketing channels.

% of public actors : 28

% of fisheries sector actors : 58

% of non-fisheries private actors / NGO sector actors : 14

% of environmental actors : 10

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership : 87

Number of individuals on decision-making body : 14

Number of contracted staff in FLAG :  1 full-time animator


Total public funding 2007-2013 :                                 €    1 293 400

EFF :                                                                                    598 200

Other public funding :                                                     €    695 200

Private :                                                                          €    257 600

FLAG Manager: 
Aline Delamare
Other contact: 
President: Olivier Laban et Jean-Michel Labrousse
Groupe FEP AXE 4 Bassin d’Arcachon – Val de l’Eyre – SRC, 15 rue Barbotière, 33470 GUJAN MESTRAS, France
fepbassindarcachon ( at )
+33 5 57 73 08 43
+33 5 57 73 02 48
Languages spoken: 
French, English