Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheets

Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) are partnerships between fisheries actors and other local private and public stakeholders. Together, they design and implement a local development strategy to address their area´s needs be they economic, social and/or environmental. Based on their strategy, the FLAGs select and provide funding to local projects that contribute to local development in their areas, involving thousands of local stakeholders.

  • GR201

    The FLAG area lies in Eastern Macedonia, near the Turkish border. It can be characterised economically by the development of tourism, especially on the island of Samothraki.
  • GR202

    The FLAG area comprises the lagoons of Vistonida, Ismarida, Porto Lagos, Aliki, Ptelea, Xirolimni and Karatza, parts of the Nestos and Kompsatos river basins and the coastline of Rodopi and Xanthi prefectures (up to 10 km inland).
  • GR203

    Historically linked with the tobacco trade commerce as well as fish processing and retail, Kavala city is a beautiful amphitheatrical city open to Aegean Sea. The most important features of the area is the fisheries sector including small-scale and large-scale fishing.
  • GR204

    The area is very rural with thousands of years of history. There are many protected sites of natural beauty and the region attracts many tourists especially to the well-known island of Thassos. Fisheries in this area is mostly small-scale, complemented by some aquaculture and a limited amount large-scale fisheries activities.
  • GR205

    The FLAG area is situated along the border between the two municipalities of Halkidiki (Sithonias and Aristoteles). Its rural and mountainous geographic characteristics determine its economy and productive profile and have driven growth in the primary sector.
  • GR206

    The FLAG area stretches between two gulfs on the Macedonian coast. Its main advantage is its proximity to the big market town of Thessaloniki. The type of fisheries found here ranges from small to medium scale. The area has one fishery harbour with a fish auction, three fishery shelters, and significant processing infrastructure.
  • GR207

    The FLAG area plays host to many important fisheries activities (including more than 60% of Greek mussel production). The main advantage the area has is its proximity to the large market of that the city of Thessaloniki offers. In general, however, fisheries here remain mostly small-scale.
  • GR208

    The FLAG area of Pieria, which is found along the western shore of the Gulf of Thermaikos, is a rural area where fishing is an important economic activity. It is well known for shellfish farming and in 2014 it produced over 8 400 tons of mussels representing over 85% of overall Greek production for the year. In addition to aquaculture, sea fishing remains important here.
  • GR209

    Although the Region of Western Macedonia accounts for 60% of all of Greece’s water reserves, previous efforts at developing fisheries in the area have failed to gain traction.
  • GR210

    The FLAG area covers 262 203 square kilometres and 3.55% of its population is employed in fisheries or aquaculture. In the region, maricultural activities are extensive and intensive. This includes the farming of seafood species such as bream and sea bass.