The Arcachon – Val de l’Eyre basin is a semi-closed bay where many marine activities take place, and in particular tourism, which is the key activity for the local economy. Fisheries and aquaculture are also important sectors in the area.
Fisheries is mostly concentrated in the Arcachon harbour, where the fish auction is located, and targets high-value species, such as sole, squid, sea bass and hake. Oyster farming is the main activity for aquaculture and is found all around the Basin.
Given the area’s reliance on tourism, a key challenge is to ensure other sectors, such as fisheries and aquaculture, retain their place at the heart of the economy, through adding-value to local products for instance. At the end of EFF-Axis 4 programming period, fishers, shellfish farmers and local stakeholders decided to continue their commitment to local development through the EMFF in order to strengthen fisheries and aquaculture within the territory, including through pesca-tourism.
Ten of the area’s seventeen municipalities have their coastal area included in the Marine Natural Park of the Arcachon Basin. Some of these municipalities and the seven others are part of the Regional Natural Park of Landes de Gascogne.
The Marine National Park of the Arcachon Basin is also a Natura 2000 area with the Natural Reserve, Banc d’Arguin.
The FLAG’s strategy is entitled “An economic ambition shared by local stakeholders from a coveted territory to maintain innovative and sustainable fishing and shell-fish farming”. It includes 4 priority axes that address economic, social and environmental challenges:
national, regional, provincial
The ideas of projects so far include:
Interested parties can present projects throughout the programming period. However, depending on the subject the FLAG also expects to publish targeted calls for certain project types.
The FLAG has experience in introducing local fish and oysters into institutional catering and in implementing pesca-tourism.
It is interested in developing cooperation to improve the added-value of fisheries products through different processing and commercialization methods. The cooperation could include field trips first to gain experience from other initiatives, but also initiate the development of shared actions with other territories.
Cooperation is envisaged with other regional French FLAGs to develop fish products for institutional catering.
Lead partner: COBAS on behalf of the Pays Bassin d’Arcachon-Val de l’Eyre, associated to the local fishing and shell fishing sectors.