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FLAG factsheet - Denmark - Vestjylland

Offical name: 
FiskeriLAg Vestjylland
Region Midtjylland and Region Syddanmark
Description of the area and its main challenges

FiskeriLAG Vestjylland covers 11 municipalities and extends over two regions. It is typical of other areas on the west coast of Denmark, in that daily life is closely linked to the sea and fishing. The fisheries sector plays a major role in the life of this area, especially in terms of the economy and employment. However, there are now fewer and fewer jobs, especially in the primary fisheries, partly due to new methods and better vessels, but also to a reduction in quotas.

Several of the major ports on the west coast are already subject to strong competition from other Danish and foreign ports and it is expected that the only ports that will survive in this environment are those that can adapt and meet the current and future challenges.

Population: 517 500                                                 Employment in fisheries: 1 267

Surface area/km²: 8 508                                        Coastal or inland: Coastal

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 80             Protected areas: -

Main focus of FLAG strategy

FLAG Vestjylland has identified four main priorities:

1. Settlement and living
2. Business
3. Tourism
4. Nature and the environment

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): 5

Project examples and ideas

- Renovation and upgrading of Haarum’s port.
- Upgrading the Strandings museum area in the municipality of Thorsminde.
- Improving the system of mussel harvesting through the acquisition of a new machine.


Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity: FiskeriLAG Vestjylland

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership: The board consists of nine members, representing individuals, associations, enterprises, and public institutions and authorities.

Links with LEADER: The FLAG forms part of a network with the Leader Groups in the region.

% of public actors (on the decision-making board): 36

% of fisheries actors: 36

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

% of environmental actors: 14

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 9

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 9

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 1



Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013:          € 1 829 677.65 (13.6 million Kr.)

EFF:                                                                    € 1 049 373.94 (7.8 million Kr. )

Other public (national/ regional/ provincial):         €    780 303.70 (5.8 million Kr. )

FLAG Manager: 
Søren Holm 
Other contact: 
President: Steen Davidsen
Bredgade 77, DK 6940 Lem. Denmark
sho (at)
+45 99 75 26 02
Languages spoken: 
Danish, English, German