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FLAG Factsheet

Archipelago Sea / Saaristomeri FLAG

Official name: 
Saaristomeren kalatalouden toimintaryhmä
Country:
Code: 
FI204
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Territoire

The Archipelago Sea has the world's largest inland sea archipelago; the landscape is dominated by over 22,000 islands and the coastline is 12,000 km long. The FLAG has an area of 14,000 km2 and the sea accounts for more than half of this. The region includes both densely populated cities and sparsely populated rural and island areas. Of the 370,000 inhabitants, 30,000 live on the islands. Hundreds of thousands of tourists visit the Archipelago Sea every year.

Commercial fishing consists of small-scale coastal fishing using nets and trap nets. The economically most important species are pike perch, perch and Baltic herring. Baltic herring is also caught in open waters by trawling. Thanks to commercial fishing and fish farming, an extensive fish processing network has been established in the area. The economic impact of seafood companies adds up to €100 million per year to the local economy and employs around 670 people.

The most significant future opportunities for the FLAG can be found in the growing prestige of fish and local production, the market potential of the Archipelago Sea and underexploited fish stocks.

Major problems in the sector are associated with the recruitment of new fishermen and the low profitability of operations. Growing populations of grey seals and cormorants are affecting both fishing and fish farming and are reducing the interest of young people in the sector.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

There is a Natura 2000 area of about 1 500 km² while the Archipelago National Park is roughly 500 km² (The two areas are partly overlapping).

Population
370 000
Surface area (km²)
7 967
Population density
61
Total employment in fisheries
660
Fishing: 
220
Aquaculture: 
180
Processing: 
260
Women employment in fisheries: 
150

Stratégie du GALPA

The main objective of the strategy is to diversify exploitation of the abundant fish stocks of the Archipelago Sea in a sustainable manner. The aim is for a larger proportion of the fish produced in the region to remain within the local area. The FLAG will take actions under three designated priorities.

  • Cooperation and networking
  •  Development of the value chain
  • Enhancing the level of processing and use of fish resources

Special goals include the reduction of damage caused by grey seals and cormorants, raising the image of the sector and the promotion of new actors, increasing the professional skills of fishermen, e.g. in fish processing, marketing and business economics and the testing and commissioning of innovative technology.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
45%
Supporting diversification
2
10%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
1
0%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
2
5%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
5
40%

Financement

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 159 250
  • EMFF: 
    470 000
  • MS co-financing: 
    689 250
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National and municipal

Exemples de projet

  • Testing new methods for scaring the cormorants away from important fishing and spawning areas
  • Master – journeyman fisherman -scheme
  • A study of the future of commercial fishing in the Archipelago Sea – in cooperation with the University of Turku, Finland Futures Research Centre

Calls for proposals

Projects can be presented and selected on an ongoing basis

Expertise et coopération

The Livia College and local fishermen in the Archipelago Sea have been developing seal safe trap nets for many years. Small scale processing of Baltic herring is a special skill of some fishermen in the Archipelago and they continue to invent many new products.

The FLAG is especially interested in dealing with the seal and cormorant problems, new kinds of fishing equipment, methods and techniques, as well as fish processing. They need more information on cooperation practices amongst fishermen- especially with regard to marketing.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
40000.00

Partenariat

Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG membership includes the municipalities of Kustavi, Taivassalo, Vehmaa, Mynämäki, Masku, Naantali, Raisio, Turku, Kaarina, Parainen, Paimio, Sauvo, Kemiönsaari and Salo. Archipelago Sea fishermen’s association, the Finnish fish farmer’s association, the Fisheries advisory organisation, the natural resources institute of Finland, the Finnish wildlife agency, the Archipelago Sea biosphere reserve, Livia college and the College of fisheries and environment.

% of fisheries actors: 
33%
% of public authorities and other: 
34%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
30%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
9
% of public actors: 
33%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

Carte

FLAG Contacts

Archipelago Sea Fishermen’s Association
 
Fredrikanaukio 1
21600 Parainen,
Finland
FLAG President:
Mr. Olavi Sahlstén
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Maria Saarinen
Phone:
+358 40 0260094
Languages:
  • Finnish (Mother tongue)
  • English (Advanced)
  • Swedish (Advanced)
Publication date: 
31/08/2017
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