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FLAG factsheet - Portugal - GAC Alto Minho

Offical name: 
Grupo de Acção Costeira Litoral Norte
NUT III Minho - Lima
Minho - Lima
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Description of the area and its main challenges

The project area extends over a coastal area of 60km and an area of 15km in Minho River which covers 21 parishes of 4 municipalities and 7 harbours. The main challenges are: increased production costs; reduced fishing opportunities for species traditionally used by Portugal; ageing fleet; lack of attractiveness of the sector for young people and consequent reduction in number and increase of the average age of professionals; escalating levels of competition; scarcity of resources which have been producing a decrease in the volume of fish landings and have been reducing the standards of performance and quality of life of these communities.     

Population: 60 889                                                 Employment in fisheries: 1 878

Surface area/km²: 658.87                                      Coastal or inland: Coastal

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 229.21     Protected areas: Four Natura 2000 areas

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The FLAG Litoral Norte aims to improve the North Coast enhancing economically and socially the fishing communities of the region within a framework of sustainable development. This strategy of sustainable development for this region has as main goal the creation of sustainable growth of GDP and employment and wealth in the intervention area.

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

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

Diversification into other activities (1-5): 5


Project examples and ideas

- Certification of local fisheries

- Promoting consumption of local fisheries involving different actors: restaurants and gastronomy, campaigns for young people

- Adding value to local fisheries and sea products across the supply chain: ex. new products, innovative selling forms, etc.

- Promotion of watersports tourism

- "Km 0", brand for local sourcing


Partnership - Lead partner: CIM - Alto Minho

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership:  

Municipalities: Caminha; Esposende; Viana do Castelo; Vila Nova de Cerveira  

Local administrations of: Junta de Freguesia de Esposende; Junta de Freguesia de Fão; Freguesia de Apúlia

Associations and institutions: ACIVAC - Associação Comercial Industrial Vales do Minho Coura; Welcome Center - Vivexperiência - Promoção e Animação Turística, Lda.; Circuitos Turísticos Fluviais, Lda; Aquamuseu do Rio Minho; Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo; Britagodo - Sociedade de Dragagens, Lda; Escola Superior Gallaecia; Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e da Biodiversidade; Surf Club de Viana;

Fisheries actors: Associação dos Pescadores Profissionais Concelho Esposende; Irmãos Portela -; Associação de Profissionais da Pesca do Rio Minho e do Mar; Estaleiros do Atlântico, Lda; Associação de Pescadores Profissionais e Desportivos e de Turismo; Fundação Convento da Orada - Associação de Pescadores para  Preservação do Rio Minho; Mútua dos Pescadores - Mútua de Seguros, CRL.; VIANAPESCAS OP - Cooperativa de Produtores de Peixe de Viana do castelo; Vianapescas - Construções e Reparações Navais; Algoritmo Branco Unipessoal, Lda; Libargel - Alimentos Congelados, Lda; FORMAR - Centro de Formação Profissional de Pescas; Pronto & Fresco;

Links with LEADER: contacts with ADRIL and ADRIMINHO, lead partners of Vale do Lima and Vale do Minho LAGs

% of public actors: 38

% of fisheries actors: 48

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 17

% of environmental actors: 7

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 29

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 5

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 5


Total public funding 2007-2013: € 2 763 516

EFF: € 2 230 306

Other public: €    533 210

Private: €    714 348.35

FLAG Manager: 
José Maria Costa
Other contact: 
President: José Maria Costa
Comunidade Intermunicipal do Minho-Lima (CIM Alto Minho) Rua Bernardo Abrunhosa, 105 4900-304 Viana do Castelo
cecilia.marques ( at ) - gac ( at )
+ 351 258800200
+ 351 258800220
Languages spoken: 
Portuguese, French, English, Spanish