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FLAG factsheet - Poland - North Kaszuby

Offical name: 
Północnokaszubska Lokalna Grupa Rybacka
Puck County and municipality of Wejherowo
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Description of the area and its main challenges

The Association of Northern Kaszubian FLAG was set up in the Pomorskie region. There are eight municipalities in the FLAG, including 4 urban and 4 rural ones. The area covered by the Local Development Strategy (LDS) is part of the Gdansk Coastal Macro-region. This area contains several territories of high natural value protected in various ways. The main activities are closely connected to its geography and include tourism, fishing and fish processing. The main challenges related to the LDS include: animation of the local community, promotion of the area, tourist infrastructure development and finding income sources for fishermen who must reduce their fishing activity or stop it altogether due to fishing quotas.

Population: 96 632 inhabitants  Employment in fisheries: 2 001 persons

*Surface area/km²: 772  Coastal or inland: coastal

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 121 Protected areas: Natura 2000 covers 13 545 hectares, i.e. 20% of the total land area of the FLAG. It is interesting to note that the sea part of Natura 2000 is larger than the whole land area of the FLAG. The Coastal Landscape Park covers 10% of the land area and Tri-city Landscape Park 9.5% of the FLAG area. There are 21 natural reserves in the area covering 1 976.5 hectares.
* Employment in fish processing amounts to 1 554 persons, which represents a quarter of the whole region’s employment in this sector. Among people employed in fishing (435 in sea fishing and 12 in inland fishing) the highest group is aged 45-54 (approximately 40%).

Main focus of FLAG strategy

Improvement of public space management through investments in social infrastructure; maintaining the natural attractiveness of the fisheries area; improving access of inhabitants to services and improving their quality; development of tourist infrastructure; improving the competitiveness of the fishing sector; strengthening the local identity and community integration; and promotion of the 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

Improving the public, social and sports common space (1-5): 4

Improving access and quality of services to population (1-5): 4

Developing tourist infrastructure (1-5): 5

Maintaining and creating new jobs outside the fisheries sector (1-5): 5

Project examples and ideas

- projects aiming to extend the tourist season and to broaden the range of tourist services

- presentation of crafts, arts and customs of the Northern Kaszuby region

- building a coastal walk with rest areas

- revitalisation of historical sites in the FLAG area


Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity: Polnocnokaszubska FLAG
Other key actors/organisations in the partnership: eight municipal authorities, the company Szkuner dealing with fishing and fishing services, fish producers’ organisation from Wladyslawowo, Jantar company, Koryb company, Association of Polish Fishermen.
Links with LEADER: there are several Leader LAGs in the area (Male Morze, Bursztynowy Pasaz, Kaszubska Droga) but there is no close cooperation with them.
% of public actors (on the decision-making board): 41

% of fisheries actors: 50

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 9

% of environmental actors: 0
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 76

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 22

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 7


Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013: € 17 700 000 

EFF: € 13 300 000

Other public (national): €   4 400 000

FLAG Manager: 
Daniel Lessnau
Other contact: 
President: Zbigniew Chmaruk
Północnokaszubska Lokalna Grupa Rybacka, ul. gen. J. Hallera 19, 84-120 Władysławowo, Poland.
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+48 58 114 68 90
+48 58 774 53 62
Languages spoken: 
Polish, English, Dutch