FARNET
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.

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    The FLAG area is situated in the southeast of Sweden and features numerous lakes, streams, coasts and seas, forming a unique development area. Challenges for the area include the low added value of local fisheries products.
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    The FLAG area is situated in the southeast of Scania and consists, mainly, of rural farmland and coastal areas with some productive woodlands in the north.
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    Fishing on the Swedish side of the Öresund strait consists almost exclusively of local small-scale coastal fisheries providing unique opportunities for local fisheries development. The revenue from the Öresund area is among the highest in Sweden and the fish stocks amongst the strongest.
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    Halland is a coastal area characterised by many sandy beaches, rockfaces, lakes and rivers. In the northern part of the FLAG area is the archipelago, which is largely protected by nature reserves.
  • SE211
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    The Bohuslän region is strongly linked to the oceans and fisheries which have for more than 500 years been a source of sustenance and livelihood for local inhabitants. At the same time, seasonal dwellers, tourists and other visitors enjoy the fantastic landscape where fishing and environmental concerns are paramount.
  • SE212
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    Lake Vänern is the largest lake in Sweden. Challenges for the region include an ageing population, particularly in fisheries communities.
  • SE213
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    The FLAG area covers the whole lake Vättern, which is the second largest lake in Sweden. There are around 20 commercial small-scale fishermen and the species of greatest economic value is crayfish.
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    The coastal area of Slovenia includes the coastal part of four municipalities: Ankaran, Izola, Koper, Piran, which border the Gulf of Trieste in the northernmost part of the Adriatic Sea. The Slovenian coastline measures only 46.6 km and the total value of the catch here represents only 0.01% of national GDP. However, the fishing sector is very important for the area’s economy and the preservation of workplaces, culture, traditions and local identity.
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    The Soča Valley FLAG is in north-western Slovenia near the border with Italy. It includes the river Soča which has its source in the Julian Alps, and which attracts fishermen and visitors from all over the world each year. The most important sector in the FLAG area is processing which represents 30% of total employment.
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    The Gorenjska region FLAG is in north-western Slovenia, on the border with Austria in the north and Italy in the west. The FLAG area is characterised by its natural assets, cultural heritage, accessibility and the events and activities it offers. It is an important tourist destination visited by almost 700.000 tourists a year.