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FLAG factsheet - United Kingdom - North & West Cumbria

Offical name: 
North & West Cumbria
United Kingdom
North and West Cumbria
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Description of the area and its main challenges

The fishing communities experience significant levels of deprivation and have a high number of working age people who are not economically active. The main challenges are: rising costs and stagnant returns; poor routes to market; poor local employment opportunities

Population: 74 000                                              Employment in fisheries:150 directly/200 indirectly
Surface area/km²: 50 square miles                    Coastal or inland: Coastal

Population Density/ Inhabitants/ km²: 571      Protected areas: Yes. Nine sites of Special Scientific Interest of which two are classified as Special Areas of Conservation with a Marine Component.

Main focus of FLAG strategy

Strategic Themes and potential Interventions identified:
-Adding Value to the activities of the Fishing Industry
-Provide Opportunities for Economic Diversification
-Increase the Sustainability of the Fishing Industry
-Empowering the Fishing Communities

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): 4

Increasing knowledge of the fishing industry: 3

Project examples and ideas

-Report on the potential supply and demand opportunities for locally landed seafood.
-Production of a cookery book to raise demand for locally caught seafood.
-Develop a Business Development Strategy and Long Term Business Plan for Whitehaven Fishermens' Co-operative (it includes the development of a website).
-fisheries community support network
-fisheries response fund-to provide practical support into employment fro members of the fishing industry and their families


Partnership - Lead partner or Responsible Legal Entity: North & West Cumbria Fisheries Local Action Group Limited, a company limited by guarantee by the members.

Other key actors/organisations in the partnership:
The FLAG currently has 72 members coming from the local authorities, the catching sector, 2 credit unions, 1 yachting association, 1 fishermen's mission, 1 lifeboat association, 2 wildlife trusts, 1 aquarium, 1 harbour commissioners and 1 festival company, among others

Links with LEADER: Links to two LAG’s Solway, Border & Eden and Fells & Dales
The majority of the decision making Board is elected by the membership.

% of public actors (on the decision-making board): 12.5

% of fisheries actors: 25

% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 50

% of environmental actors: 12.5

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership: 71

Number of individuals on main decision-making body: 8

Number of contracted staff in FLAG: (in FTE) 1.5


Total public budget of FLAG 2007-2013:         € 1 691 655.9 (£ 1 353 000)

EFF:                                                                  €   845 827.95 (£ 676 500)

Other public (national):                                   €   845 827.95 (£ 676 500)

Private:                                                            € 1 520 608 (£ 1 216 000)

FLAG Manager: 
Paul Crooks
Other contact: 
President: Celia MacKenzie
27 Lowther St. Whitehaven, Cumbria CA28 7DN United Kingdom
admin (at)
+44 01946 67182
Languages spoken: 
English, French