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FLAG factsheet - United Kingdom - Moray

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Description of the area and its main challenges

The area is cohesive in its character, with the locality being made up of a series of small harbours and within that a mix of working harbours and smaller attractive harbours. The whole Moray coastline (and hence the FLAG area) lies in a Coastal Protection Zone.

The FLAG area has generally limited transport connections, making it a relatively isolated location. A number of the data zones within the FLAG are ranked in the 10% most deprived in Scotland for Geographic access to Services Deprivation Rank.

The Main Challenges include a large scale reduction in fisheries employment, lack of employment opportunities resulting in out migration of young adults and remaining working population travels excessive distances for employment.

Population: 31 600                                                Employment in fisheries: 200
Surface area/km²: 268                                        Coastal or inland: Coastal

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 118       Protected areas: There are four Special Areas of Conservation: Lower River Spey – Spey Bay; Moray Firth; River Spey and Loch Spynie

Main focus of FLAG strategy

-Increasing the businesses and scale of activity in renewable energy and offshore projects with a proportionate increase in skills.

-Improve the profile of the FLAG area; increase and expand businesses and develop the offer in the tourism sector.

-Increase the value added activity in the fisheries and food industry by increasing processes; turnover and companies in the sector

Environmental Management (1-5, where 5 is high priority and 1 is low priority): 2

Improving the competitiveness of the fisheries sector (1-5): 3

Diversification into other activities (1-5): 5

Project examples and ideas

- Fishermen’s Rest and Multi Purpose Meeting Room in Lossiemouth
- Stand Up Puddle & Surf School on the Moray Coast


Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity: Moray Council

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership:
The 3 Harbours Association
Higlands & Islands Enterprise
Moray College/University of the Highlands & Islands
Lossiemouth Marina
Portgordon Community Harbour Group
Marion Walker Marketing
Moray Heritage Connections
Moray Seafood & Lossie Seafoods
Moray Social Enterprise Network
Moray Tourism Development
Cullen & Deskford Community Council
Moray First Marine Ltd
Portknockie Community Council
Buckie Business Association
Buckie Area Forum
Seafood Scotland

Links with LEADER: Moray European Fisheries Fund is using the philosophy of LEADER, a bottom up approach for the promotion of socio-economic development of rural areas.
The LEADER manager is invited to comment on the proposed projects at the Expression of Interest stage to ensure there is no duplication of activity or funding and vice versa.
The LEADER programme team is also based in the Moray Council Economic Development Section which helps to ensure good communication between the two programmes and complementarities.

% of public actors (on the decision-making board): 60

% of fisheries actors: 13.13

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 26.6

% of environmental actors: 0

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 19 organisations

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 15

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 1


Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013:    €433 986

EFF:                                                             €216 993

Other public:                                               €216 993

FLAG Manager: 
Katalin Boda
Other contact: 
President: Duncan Pockett. Vicechair: Prof. Ashley M
The Moray Council, Environmental Services, Economic Development, High Street, Elgin, Moray, IV30 1BX. Scotland
katalin.boda (at)
+ 44 07971 999544
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