Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Area Metropolitana do Porto - AMP FLAG

Official name: 
GALP Litoral Norte da Area Metropolitana do Porto - AMP
Programming period: 


The FLAG area is located on the Atlantic coast in the north of Portugal and covers 12 local administrative units in three municipalities. These municipalities have traditionally had strong economic, social and cultural links with the sea (fishing, fish markets, fish processing, canning, aquatic and nautical sports and seafood restaurants) and the FLAG area is home to 25% of the registered fishermen and 11% of the fishing vessels in mainland Portugal.

The area has 13 ports and harbors, one of which is the second largest in the Country, Porto de Leixões. Leixões also has a new cruise terminal, capable of receiving large cruise liners. The cruise terminal building also hosts the University of Porto’s Science and Technology Park of the Sea, which includes a Maritime Research Centre.

The main challenges facing the area include: an innovation deficit related to the processing and marketing of fisheries and aquaculture products; a decline in the status of fishing as a career; weak and inadequate education and training programmes; fragmentation in the fisheries sector and poor institutional and business cooperation; social exclusion and the risk of poverty in fishing and coastal communities; long-term youth unemployment and underdevelopment of the area’s tourism potential.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

One protected area: the coast of Vila do Conde and the ornithological reserve of Mindelo (protected landscape). 

180 726
Surface area (km²)
Population density
1 584
Total employment in fisheries
2 402
1 862
Women employment in fisheries: 

FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy is focused on the sustainable development of local communities, drawing on the area’s resources, its culture, traditions and its ability to innovate in areas related to the sea.

The strategy has five main goals:

  1. To preserve, promote and differentiate the territory, based on the experiences it offers, linked to its culture, heritage and maritime traditions;
  2. To diversify the local economy through innovative use of local resources;
  3. To strengthen the competitiveness of the fisheries sector and the value chain of fisheries products;
  4. To support entrepreneurship, professional employment, citizenship and inclusion;
  5. To empower local governance.
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
% of the budget allocated: 
Supporting diversification
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development


Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
3 913 890
  • EMFF: 
    3 142 510
  • MS co-financing: 
    771 377
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional / municipal / private

  • Multi-funding: 
    • ESF:    €1 250 000
    • ERDF:  €750 000
  • Funds: 

Project examples

  • Support to blue biotechnology projects (ex. marine cosmetics).
  • Support for projects linked to the innovative sale and marketing of fisheries products.
  • Enhancing blue tourism.
  • Support projects that enhance the social and cultural capital of local communities (sense of place, identity and community pride),
  • The preservation of cultural heritage as a tool to promote economic diversification (for example, developing recreation and tourism projects).

Calls for proposals

The FLAG will have specific deadlines for submitting project proposals. The schedule will be released by the managing authority, in close cooperation with the FLAG manager.

Expertise & cooperation

Areas of interest for FLAG cooperation:

  • Developing innovative strategies to develop tourism linked with marine resources;
  • Sharing good practices/innovations related to the processing and marketing of fisheries products;
  • Strengthening institutional and business cooperation.

Members of the FLAG have experience in the management of local development programmes, including initiatives that promote partnerships between public and private entities. Area Metropolitana do Porto (AMP) is also an intermediate body for the Operational Programme Norte 2020.


Accountable body: 
FLAG Litoral Norte – AMP
Members of the partnership: 

Area Metropolitana do Porto (AMP), an inter-municipal body (NUTS III Region) comprising 17 municipalities. AMP plays a fundamental role in encouraging cooperation between these municipalities, as well as between institutions that can catalyse wider networks that promote economic, cultural, social and environmental development in the territory.

  • Municipalities: Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos; Câmara Municipal da Póvoa de Varzim; and Câmara Municipal de Vila do Conde.
  • Other public entities/local administrative units:  Área Metropolitana do Porto; União de Freguesias de Perafita, Lavra e Santa Cruz do Bispo; União de Freguesias de Matosinhos e Leça da Palmeira; and Junta de Freguesia de Vila do Conde.
  • Universities, research centers and vocational training centres: UPTEC - Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia da Universidade do Porto; ESAD IDEA Associação para a Promoção da Investigação e Arte e Design; Associação de Armadores de Pesca do Norte; Associação de Apoio aos Profissionais da Pesca; FOR-MAR Centro de Formação Profissional das Pescas e do Mar. CIIMAR – Universidade do Porto; and Universidade Católica Portuguesa.
  • Associations and NGO’s: Clube Naval Povoence; Os Delfins - Associação de Nadadores Salvadores da Póvoa de Varzim e Vila do Conde; Associação de Concessionários das Praias de Póvoa de Varzim;  Associação Empresarial da Póvoa de Varzim; Bombeiros Voluntários da Póvoa de Varzim; Associação dos Restaurantes de Matosinhos; ADEIMA- Associação para o Desenvolvimento Integrado de Matosinhos; Associação Empresarial do concelho de Matosinhos; Associação de Concessionários das Praias de Vila do Conde; Clube Fluvial Vilacondense; Associação Portuguesa de Paramiloidose; Associação Desportiva Cultura e Recreativa das Caxinas e Poça da Barca; Associação Comercial e Industrial de Vila do Conde; Associação dos Concessionários de Praia e Bares da Zona Norte; and Associação Humanitária de Matosinhos e Leça da Palmeira - Corpo de Bombeiros.
  • Fisheries actors/organizations: Ramirez &CA (Filhos) S.A., Fábrica de Conservas - A Poveira, S.A., Propeixe OP - Cooperativa de Produtores de Peixe do Norte, C.R.L; Associação Vila Chã Pesca; Mútua dos Pescadores; Bind’Ó Peixe – Associação Cultural; Associação Mútua dos Armadores de Pesca de Angeiras; Associação Nacional dos Industriais de Conservas de Peixe; and Docapesca- Portos e Lotas Serviços Centrais.
  • Private companies: Samuel & Filhos, Lda; Sicnave – Industria de Construção e Reparação Naval, Lda; Vila do Conde Kayak Clube; Barreto & Filhos, Lda; and União Construtora Naval, Lda.
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
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FLAG Contacts

FLAG Litoral Norte – AMP
Av.ª dos Aliados, n.º 236, 1º
4000-065 Porto
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Sara Lobão
+351 22 392 0920
  • Portuguese (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
  • French (Intermediate)
  • Spanish (Intermediate)
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