Fisheries Areas Network

Country Factsheet

Latvia - 6 FLAGs - 25 M€

Latvia’s fisheries areas are suffering from low productivity and income of coastal fishermen; low population density, limiting opportunities for business and employment on the coast; and climate change’s impact on coastal areas. In order to increase employment and territorial cohesion in fisheries-dependent areas through CLLD, the six Latvian FLAGs aim to add value and promote innovation at all stages of the fisheries and aquaculture products supply chain; to support diversification; enhance and capitalize on environmental assets, including activities to mitigate climate change; and promote fisheries or maritime cultural heritage.

CLLD Programme

CLLD Context: 

Maritime employment accounts for 5.36% of national employment and maritime activities, mainly shipping, represent 7.71% of national GDP – fisheries account for less than 1% of this.

Around 6 000 people are employed in coastal and marine recreation and tourism in Latvia and, according to 2014 data, 6 554 people in the fisheries sector. Indeed, with 0.7% of the country´s active population employed in the fisheries sector, Latvia has a relatively high employment dependency on fisheries..

Contact details of the managing authority can be found here.

More information about national EMFF programmes can be found here.


Axis 4 achievements (2007-2013): 

During Axis 4 (EFF), Latvia had 24 FLAGs in total, all combined with LEADER LAGs (8 coastal FLAGs along the Baltic Sea and 16 inland FLAGs).

The main achievements of Axis 4 were the following:

  • Maintaining the local population and attractiveness of fisheries areas
  • Improved small-scale infrastructure
  • Diversification of employment in fisheries areas
  • Collaboration between different types of stakeholders, creating new and viable partnerships.
CLLD objectives and challenges for 2014-2020: 

The main challenges that community-led local development will have to address in Latvia’s fisheries areas in the coming years are:

  • Low productivity and income of coastal fishermen Fostering cooperation between fishermen
  • Low population density, limiting opportunities for business and employment on the coast and the development of the territory.
  • Climate change impact on coastal areas.

In order to increase employment and territorial cohesion in fisheries-dependent areas, FLAGs will build their strategies focusing on (one or more of) the following themes:

  • adding value and promoting innovation at all stages of the fisheries and aquaculture products supply chain;
  • supporting diversification within the fisheries sector, and into other sectors of the maritime economy;
  • enhancing and capitalizing on environmental assets, including developing activities to mitigate climate change;
  • promoting fisheries or maritime cultural heritage.

In the 2014-2020 programming period, CLLD is being applied exclusively in the coastal regions of the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Riga, where the majority of the fisheries activities take place (6% of Latvia’s total territory). This is a change compared to the previous period, when the inland territory of the country was also included in the fisheries areas (covering 49.5% of Latvia’s total territory). The total CLLD budget has increased from €14.7 million to €15 million, and taking into account the reduction of number of FLAGs from 24 to 6, the average FLAG budget increased considerably, from €0.6 million to €2.5 million.

Multi-fund CLLD in Latvia

In 2007-2013, all 24 FLAGs were also implementing local development strategies under the LEADER Axis of the Rural Development Programme. Groups applying for funds from the EFF and also from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) had separate decision-making bodies for each fund as well as separate project evaluation committees.

The multi-fund approach continues to take place in the coastal areas of the Baltic Sea, where FLAGs are also operating as LAGs, working with both the EMFF and EAFRD.

CLLD Budget

Total budget: 
€25 267 200
  • EMFF budget for CLLD: 
    €21 477 120
  • Co-funding: 
    €3 790 080
  • Proportion of CLLD in EMFF budget: 
Number of FLAGs: 
Average budget per FLAG: 
€4 211 200

National Network

The National Fisheries Network (www.zivjutikls.lv) was created in the previous period and has continued in the 2014-2020 period, providing information, training and other kinds of support to the various EMFF stakeholders, including the FLAGs. It works in a similar way to the National Rural Network (www.laukutiksl.lv).

Total budget and workforce: €2.5 million for the period; 1.2 FTE staff employed, along with several experts on an ad hoc basis.


  • Networking and training for FLAGs
  • Dissemination of information, knowledge and best practices on fisheries issues
  • Facilitating the exchange of experience and skills
  • Gathering and assessing public opinion for the purpose of developing policies on the sustainable development of fisheries areas
  • Cooperating with stakeholders in the fisheries sector, public administrations, NGOs, fisheries enterprises and other institutions. Discussion on current issues in the fisheries sector
  • Experience exchange visits in Latvia and abroad

Management: run by the Latvian Rural Advisory and Information Centre, which also manages the National Rural Network.

For CLLD in particular, informal networking between LAGs and FLAGs occurs on the Latvian Rural Forum www.laukuforums.lv.

Click here for the National Network contact details.


For the EMFF funding period, 11 cooperation projects were reported by the managing authority by December 2021. These projects addressed several topics including the development of a seaweed assessment and management plan for the Latvian coast (bringing together all the six Latvian FLAGs) as well as a training project on coastal fishing for young people.

For information on how cooperation was programmed and organised in Latvia, click here.



Code Name Region Surface area (km²) Population Population density (per km²) Employment in fisheries*
LV201 Liepaja FLAG
Pāvilostas Novads
Rucavas Novads
Vaiņodes Novads
3594 40000 11 1000
LV202 North Kurzeme FLAG
Talsi Municipality
3492 19888 6 893
LV203 Talsi FLAG
Talsi Municipality
2022 35913 18 1055
LV204 Laukiem Jūrai FLAG
Tukuma Rajons
1316 73668 56 267
LV205 Sernikon FLAG
Saulkrastu Novads
13000 13032 100 75
LV206 Jūrkante FLAG
Salacgrīvas Novads
Limbažu Rajons
752 10091 13 542
(*)according to the information received from the FLAG


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