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FLAG factsheet - Lithuania - Kretinga

Offical name: 
Kretingos ŽRVVG
Klaipeda County
Kretinga district municipality
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Description of the area and its main challenges

Kretinga is well known for the quality of its environment and its cultural heritage. Currently over 700 local crafts are known to have cultural value and more than half are registered on Lithuania’s culturial heritage list. In terms of the local economy, agriculture is the main economic sector in Kretinga’s rural areas, while the main industrial sectors are oil and compound feed production. Other important sectors in the FLAG area include wholesaling, the retail trade and real estate. 
The main objectives of the Kretinga FLAG are to develop local fisheries and tourism infrastructure, to preserve and safeguard the environment and to diversify the local fisheries sector. 

Population: 45 790 Employment in fisheries: 130
Surface area/km²: 989 Coastal or inland:  Inland
Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 46 Protected areas: Salatntai regional park. 

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The strategy focuses on creating favourable conditions for tourism and recreational fishing. In particular, special attention will be paid to the development of appropriate infrastructure.

Environmental management (1-5): 3
Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1-5): 2
Diversification into other activities (1-5): 4

Project examples and ideas

- Upgrading of piers (construction of small piers and places for families to relax near the lakes, development of boat rental facilities, etc.).

- The development of fisheries tourism services packs.

- Courses and training on sustainable fishing for young fishermen in Kretinga. 


Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity: Kretinga FLAG

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership: Kretinga fishing club; Salantai fishing club; the municipality of Kretinga.

Links with LEADER: No.         

% of public actors: 25  
% of fisheries actors: 25  
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 50
% of environmental actors: 1 person
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 13
Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 5
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 2 FTE


Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013: €531 159

EFF: €369 565

Other public: €123 188

Private: €  38 405 

FLAG Manager: 
Karolis Panasenka
Other contact: 
President: Voldemaras Kesminas
Medvalakio str. 27, LT-00139 Palanga. Lithuania / JK Chodkeviciaus str. 10, LT 97130 Kretinga, Lithuania
bugeniai (at) / info (at)
+370 656 32732
Languages spoken: 
Lithuanian, English, Russian