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FLAG factsheet - Sweden - Halland

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Description of the area and its main challenges

Halland county is situated on the Kattegat coast. The main fishing port in the county is Träslövsläge, which had 32 vessels in operation in 2010. Fisheries activities in this area target crustaceans, as well as herring, sprat, saithe, weever, cod and plaice. Several species such as cod and haddock are critically endangered and a “cod recovery plan” has strictly limited the catch in the Kattegat. There is potential to refocus on other species, such as mussel production in the fjords, and an opportunity to rebuild the area’s image as a hotspot of fisheries heritage.
The Halland FLAG was established in 2010 and encompasses the entire county of Halland. The FLAG includes representatives of fishermen, processing and trading, sports fishing, subsistence fishing, fishing waters, municipalities and the region.

Population: 299 300 inhabitants                                                                                Employment in fisheries: 81

Surface area/km²: 5719                                                                                        Coastal or inland: Coastal

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 52.3                                                         Protected areas: The entire Halland County has approximately 260 km² of coastal and inland protected areas.

Main focus of FLAG strategy

The strategy for the fisheries area of Halland builds on the Halland regional strategy for sustainable growth on the Kattegat coast. This regional strategy puts the emphasis on quality food and primary production as an important vector of economic development. Essential elements include the promotion of coastal resources and collaboration with the region's industry and academia for knowledge transfer and innovation.

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

- Strengthening the emblematic value of the salmon for the Halland region;
- Restoration of river ecosystems to preserve salmon populations;
- New innovative seafood products and the exploration of new markets;
- Developing new experience-based maritime tourism packages.


Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity: Region Halland

Other key actors / organisations in the partnership: seven key actors representing public bodies in the region of Halland (County Board of Halland, other regional counties' municipalities, the Halland Region and the chamber of industry), fisheries sector actors and non-fisheries private / NGO sector actors.

Links with LEADER: the FLAG and LAG have shared administration and project management.

% of public actors (on the decision-making board): 34
% of fisheries sector actors: 33
% of non-fisheries private / NGO sector actors: 33
% of environmental actors: 0

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 24
Number of individuals on decision-making body: 24
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: ¼ FTE


Total public funding 2007-2013:                                        € 849 000

EFF:                                                                                     € 429 000

Other public funding:                                                          € 420 000

FLAG Manager: 
Marion Eckardt
Other contact: 
President: Claës L. Ljung
Fiskeområde Leader Halland, Fabriksgatan 1A, 314 80 Hyltebruk, Sweden
marion.eckardt (at)
+46 345 18 289
Languages spoken: 
Swedish, English