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FLAG factsheet - Romania - Dobrogea South

Offical name: 
Asociatia Grup Local Dobrogea Sud
South- East
Dobrogea South
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Description of the area and its main challenges

Dobrogea is an ancient province situated in the east of Romania, on the Black Sea coast. Administratively, the province comprises the counties of Constanţa and Tulcea. The Dobrogea South fisheries area is further composed of 24 communes, two cities and one municipality. Economically, the entire area is dominated by the city of Constanta. However, in all the localities in Dobrogea South, small fishing communities represent an important part of the population, carrying out fishing activities in inland lakes, on the Danube or along the coast of the Black Sea. Fishing is an important source of jobs and income for the local population.

Fisheries activities in the Dobrogea South FLAG area include: aquaculture, marine and inland fishing, processing and marketing. Fishing in inland waters is more developed than fishing in the Black Sea.
The main challenges are a reduction in the competitiveness of the fishing sector; underinvestment in infrastructure; a lack of financial resources; inadequate equipment, low levels of productivity, and a limited diversity of fisheries products.

Population: 146 979                                                                             Employment in fisheries: 816

Surface area/km²: 2814.48                                                                 Coastal or inland: both

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 52                                   Protected areas: Marine Dunes at Agigea, Agigea Lake Natural Reservation, The Fossil Site at Aliman, The Fossil Site at Credinţa, Limanu Cave, Dumbrăveni Forest, Hagieni Forest, Oltina Lake, Dunăreni Lake, Buge ac Lake, Cetate Forest, Vederoasa Lake, Hergheliei Swamp, Submarine Sulphurous Springs at Mangalia, Marine Area at Cape Tuzla, etc.

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy aims to ensure the sustainable development of the Southern Dobrogea fisheries area, based on activities that take account of environmental issues, sustainable development, equal opportunities, social development, and the economic welfare of the area. More specifically the strategy focuses on:

- Adding value to fisheries products by developing areas for landing, unloading and trading raw fish, as well as fish processing units for producing traditional products;
- Strengthening the competitiveness of the FLAG Dobrogea South area;
- Creating alternative sources of income for fishermen and their families through workshops on making fishing tools and building fishing boats;
- Restructuring and redirecting economic activities through the promotion of eco-tourism (investments in tourism, infrastructure and services) in fisheries areas;
- Environmental protection aimed at maintaining the attractiveness of fisheries areas and improving their natural and architectural heritage.

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

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

Diversification into other activities (1-5): 2

Project examples and ideas

- Developing traditional fish processing units

- Developing an electronic system for tagging the catch                           

- Eco tourism fish farm                                                     

- Fisheries Festival                                        

- Fishing villages                                                                  

- Pescatourism at the Black Sea                                           

- Awareness raising campaign on the natural and cultural heritage of the fisheries area                         


Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity: FLAG Dobrogea South

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership: 27 administrative-territorial units (ATU's), four Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), one individual and two private companies.

Links with LEADER: No

% of public actors (on the decision-making board): 35

% of fisheries actors: 40

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 20

% of environmental actors: 5

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 34

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 9

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 10 (1 full time, 9 part-time)


Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013:                                                          € 3 500 000.00

EFF:                                                                                                                      € 2 625 000.00

Other public (national/ regional/ provincial):                                                        €    875 000.00

FLAG Manager: 
Daniel Raiciu
Other contact: 
President: Cristian-Maricel Cirjaliu
Bujorului Street no.11, Agigea Commune, Constanţa County
office (at)
+40241 738 172
+40241 738 178
Languages spoken: 
Romanian, English