FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Fiches FLAG

Alba FLAG

Official name: 
LAGUR Alba
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
HR204
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

The Alba FLAG is situated in the region of Istria in the western part of Croatia and in the northeastern part of the Adriatic Sea. The area has a longstanding tradition of fisheries and aquaculture, industries which contribute significantly to the local economy. Other economic activities in the FLAG’s territory include tourism, construction and agriculture. The FLAG has many natural resources including the Adriatic Sea and coastline, which comprises many clean beaches, and the Raša and Plomin valleys.

The area has three registered fishing ports, Plomin and Rabac for ships bigger than 15m and Trget for ships less than 15m). There are eight registered trawler vessels in the area and 67 authorised commercial fishers. The eastern part of Istria is suitable for the development of mariculture, especially the Raša valley, where there are 11 permits for mussel and oyster farming. There is also one processing company which processes anchovy and pilchard supplied by local fishing vessels.

Challenges for the FLAG include adding value to locally caught fish, diversification into non-fishing activities such as tourism, the modernization of marketplaces and infrastructures and reducing and preventing sea and beach pollution. Engaging young people in fishing is an ongoing challenge, as is maintaining the fishing heritage and culture of the area. 

Type de zone:
Bassins:
Protected areas: 

17% of the FLAGs territory is a Natura 2000 area. Sites of Community Importance for European union (SCI) includes 8% of the total area of F​​LAG „Alba” and they are: Učka Nature Park, Boljun’s Field, cola-mine of Raša (IUR), Ubaš peninsula, Raša valley, Pazin area, Istria- Čepić field, Čepić tunel, Plomin- Mošćenička Draga, River Raša flow, Uvala Remac, offshore near Rabac, Škvaranska Bay- Bay Sv.Martin. Special protection areas (SPA) includes an area of 51km2 (9% area of FLAG “Alba”) and it is known as Učka i Ćićarija.

Population
22 590
Surface area (km²)
390
Population density
58

FLAG strategy

The Flag strategy will finance projects that are important for fishing sector and mariculture. Operations financed will contribute to:

  • Adding value to local products by strengthening the competitiveness of micro, small and medium companies in fishing and mariculture.
  • Enhancing local development by promoting a local identity (branding the territory through local products).
  • Diversification into non-fishing activities (pesca-tourism, guided sea trips) and supporting sustainable tourism linked to fisheries.
  • Maintaining fishing tradition and heritage, both environmental and cultural.
  • Enhancing working condition through infrastructure investments by local authorities to benefit the fishing communities and to improve the quality of life.
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
% of the budget allocated: 
35%
Supporting diversification
1
12%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
2
15%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
4
21%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
3
17%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 982 500
  • EMFF: 
    1 685 125
  • MS co-financing: 
    297 375
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

Project examples

FLAG projects and examples include:

  • A pilot project for the construction of containers for consignment and classification of utility waste in Plomin Luka and Rapca.
  • Food festivals: promotion of the territory of the FLAG through local fisheries products.
  • Educational and cooking workshops for all generations in cooperation with local fisheries, caterers and restaurants.

Calls for proposals

There will be periodic calls for projects and the full timetable will be available on the FLAG Alba website.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG has experience in implementing environmental projects, preparing and implementing projects funded from different EU sources. The FLAG is interested in cooperation in any geographic area, inter-territorial and transnational. It would like to visit other FLAGs that have projects or are working on projects in the fields of pesca-tourism, gastronomy, promotion and awareness raising, aquaculture, cultural heritage, infrastructure, youth, short circuits, processing and business support.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
50000.00

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

FLAG members are from the local authority (5), the economic sector (22) and civil sectors (7). Board of directories has 11 members, two from local authority, five from the economic sector and three from the civil sector.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
34
% of fisheries actors: 
65%
% of public authorities and other: 
15%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
15%
% of environmental actors: 
5%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
11
% of public actors: 
18%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
3,00

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Contacts du GALPA

Alba FLAG
 
Lokalna akcijska grupa u ribarstvu Alba
Rudarska 1
52220 Labin
Croatia
FLAG President:
Mr. Donald Blašković
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Mirela Faraguna
Phone:
+385 52 851 173
Languages:
  • Croate (Mother tongue)
  • Anglais (Advanced)
  • Italien (Intermediate)
  • Espagnol (Basic)
Publication date: 
14/06/2018
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