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FLAG factsheet - United Kingdom - Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

Offical name: 
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
United Kingdom
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Description of the area and its main challenges

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly is the very South-western tip of the British Isles and are home to some of the most unique coastal features around the United Kingdom. The sector is very diverse and versatile in terms of fishing methods and target fisheries compared to other locations in the UK. Boats vary from beam trawlers to small cove boats. Methods include otter trawling, beam trawling, crab/lobster potting, gill-netting, longlining, drift-netting, scallop dredging, ring-netting, hand lining etc. They land over 50 species including crabs, lobster, scallops, cod, turbot, haddock etc. Besides fisheries, other important economic sectors in Cornwall include tourism and agriculture.
The key challenges the area faces would be the lack of new entrants into the fishing industry, as well as a need for investment in basic facilities at harbours and wharves to underpin their operational viability in the longer term. There is also concern around engagement with the regulatory environmental agenda for fisheries. 
Population: 532 300                                                                         Employment in fisheries: 1 028

Surface area/km²: 3 563 km2                                                         Coastal or inland:  Coastal

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²:  150 /km2                        Protected areas: 11 Special Areas of Conservation (SAC), 3 Marine SACs (Falmouth and Helford SAC, Isles of Scilly SAC, and Plymouth Sound & Estuaries)

Main focus of FLAG strategy

- Developing sustainable supply chains and market development
- Providing infrastructure and communal facilities for fishing communities and cooperatives
- Capacity building, cooperative development and networking
- Training, retention and recruitment including diversification
- Coastal communities, tourism and economic development
- Advocacy and engagement for fishermen
- Regional sustainable management engagement

Environmental Management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority): 3

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

Diversification into other activities (1-5): 3

Project examples and ideas

- Employment of a Fisheries Community Animateur to assist coastal communities in developing project ideas and the funding application process
- A seafood training hub to provide fishermen with all of the relevant industry training and qualifications
- Infrastructure enhancements for small fishing ports
- An art installation to build community and tourism engagement with the fishing heritage and history
- Support fishing festivals (The FLAG have been encouraging of fish festivals throughout the area by assisting them in becoming sustainable. This has seen the FLAG fund simple items, such as signs and banners to promote festivals and also purchasing items that will be owned by the festival to promote fishing and seafood, such as cookery/demonstration kitchen equipment and marquees. These will be used every year to promote the fishing and seafood industry. On one particular festival the FLAG is working with a fisherman’s association and building a relationship between them and the local restaurants in an effort to get the restaurants to have a local seafood menu in the week building up to the festival. This will aim to encourage restaurants and cafes to buy seafood direct from the fisherman’s association and also get the public to taste locally caught seafood.



Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity:   Cornwall Rural Community Council.

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership:

Cornwall Rural Community Council (CRCC)
Cornwall Development Company (CDC)
Marine Management Organisation (MMO)
Seafood Cornwall Training (SCT)
Cornish Fish Producers Organisation (CFPO)
Cornwall Council
Cornwall Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority
Isles of Scilly Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority
Cornwall Wildlife Trust
St Ives Fisherman’s Association
Newquay Fisherman’s Association
Hayle Fisherman’s Association
Mevagissey Fisherman’s Association
Penwith Community Development Trust
Cornwall Association of Local Councils
Looe Harbour Commissioners
Brilliant Fish CIC
Visit Cornwall

Links with LEADER:     No       

% of public actors (on the decision-making board): 50     

% of fisheries actors:      50 

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors:  0

% of environmental actors:      0

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 30 individuals and 20 organisations

Number of individuals on main decision-making body:
21 Voting members
25 constitution

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 1 FTE (Fisheries Community Animateur)


Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013:           ≈ € 1 409 050.82     (£1.13 million)

EFF:                                                              ≈ €    704 525.41    (£ 565 000)   

Other public (national/ regional/ provincial):     ≈ €    704 525.41    (£ 565 000)

FLAG Manager: 
Anthony Vage
Other contact: 
President: Tony Tomlinson, FLAG Animateur Delivery: Rob Poole and Chris Ranford
Cornwall Rural Community Council. 2 Princes Street, Truro, TR1 2EF. Cornwall, United Kingdom.
chris.ranford (at)
+44 01736 364324 / +44 1872 243559
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