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FLAG factsheet - Portugal - GAC Oeste

Offical name: 
Grupo de Acção Costeira do Oeste
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Description of the area and its main challenges

The region Oeste consists of several fishing communities dedicated primarily to smallscale and gatherer activities as the gathering of shellfish, seaweed, mussels and barnacles, using mostly small boats. There are, however, two municipalities, Peniche and Nazaré, which act as polarizing centers of fishing activity and attract skilled labor, investment, business equipment and infrastructure. Its ports are very important in the context of regional and national fisheries organizations, in terms of tonnage, value of fish landed and in the number of vessels or fishermen. 

Population: 55 931                                                              Employment in fisheries: 4 090

Surface area/km²: 2 200                                                   Coastal or inland: coastal

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 159                  Protected areas: Óbidos Lagoon and Natural Reserve of Berlengas 

Main focus of FLAG strategy

Transform the local fishing population into a sustainable community: economically competitive, socially and culturally developed, enterprising and dynamic, with high standards of training and professional skills, dedicated to several activities based on a low impact exploitation of the most valuable marine resources 

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

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

Diversification into other activities (1-5): 4

Other: Valuing social and cultural heritage

Project examples and ideas

- Increase the competitiveness of fisheries activities
- Route of Cultural Heritage and Fisheries of Oeste   
- Social Network Support for the Fisheries Population 

- 'Pilado' crab for bio-medicine



Lead Partner/Responsible Legal Entity:  ADEPE - Associação para o Desenvolvimento de Peniche.

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership: Associação de Armadores e Pescadores da Nazaré, pela Associação dos Armadores da Pesca Local, Costeira e Largo da Zona Oeste, pela Associação Mútua Financeira Livre dos Armadores de Pesca Geral do Centro, pelo Município da Nazaré, pelo Município de Peniche e pelo Sindicato dos Trabalhadores da Pesca do Centro, Mútua dos Pescadores, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, FORMAR, Leaderoeste, Luís Silvério & Filhos SA e Nígel- Congeladora José Nicolau, LDA, Cooperativa dos Armadores de Pesca Artesanal CRL, Cooperativa da Pesca Geral do Centro, CRL. 

Links with LEADER:  LEADEROESTE is part of the FLAG partnership               

% of public actors: 27

% of fisheries actors: 60

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

% of environmental actors: 0

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 15

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 7

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 2


Total public funding 2007-2013: € 2 905 254

EFF: € 2 344 696

Other public: €    560 558

Private: €    323 000

FLAG Manager: 
Monica Chalabardo
Other contact: 
President: Rogério Manuel Dias Cação
Grupo de Acção Costeira do Oeste, Av. Porto de Pesca, Lote C-11 2520- 208 Peniche
rogerio ( at ) / gac.oeste ( at )
+351 262 787 959
+351 262 787 855
Languages spoken: 
Portuguese, Spanish, English