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FLAG factsheet - Bulgaria - Shabla - Kavarna - Balchik

Offical name: 
МИРГ Шабла - Каварна - Балчик
Shabla - Kavarna - Balchik
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Description of the area and its main challenges

The area is characterized by favorable climatic and geographical conditions for developing agriculture, which is a key economic sector for the three municipalities. Service sector activities such as hotels, restaurants and tourism-related businesses are also relevant for the local economy. Although, it doesn’t currently contribute to the local economy, another economic activity with good prospects in the area is wind power production it. In terms of the fisheries sector, the FLAG area has strong potential for developing further fishing and aquaculture, however, fisheries currently only employs 1.76% of the FLAG area’s working population, in activities such as production, processing and marketing of fishing and aquaculture.

Population: 45 481                                                                      Employment in fisheries: 1.76%

Surface area/km²: 1 335                                                           Coastal or inland:  coastal

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 34                                Protected areas: 7


Main focus of FLAG strategy

The FLAG´s strategy focuses on four key areas: Improving quality of life in Shabla, Kavarna and Balchik’s fishing areas; creating new sustainable jobs and maintaining those existing; fostering innovation in local economy; and supporting the acquisition of new knowledge and skills.

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

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

Diversification into other activities (1-5): 5 

Project examples and ideas

- Owners of mussel farms wish to establish a notification & surveillance system around their farms to avoid damage made by ships that accidentally stray into the cultivation area. The project would include the construction of a system of buoys and video facilities. This project would involve the participation of the private sector.
- Purchasing and installing a hyperbaric chamber for providing specialized medical care for professional and tourist divers. 
- Encouraging schools to promote children’s participation in water sports, including sailing, rowing, diving.


Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity:  Shabla Municipality
Other key actors/organisations in the partnership: Kavarna and Balchik municipalities; private business, local NGOs, fishermen’s organisations of Kavarna, Balchik and Shabla and individual fishermen.  
Links with LEADER:    no
% of public actors (on the decision-making board): 7.5  

% of fisheries actors: 60  

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 18 

% of environmental actors: 14.5 

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 23 individuals and 17 organisations

Number of individuals on main decision-making body:

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 3 FTE


Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013: € 3 600 000

EFF: € 2 700 000

Other public (national): €    900 000

Private: €    704 000  

FLAG Manager: 
Nelko Yordanov
Other contact: 
President: Krasimir Krastev
36A Ravno pole Str. 9680 Shabla, Bulgaria
flag.shabla (at)
+359 876 100 301
+359 5743 4025
Languages spoken: 
Bulgarian, English, Russian