FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Aude FLAG

Official name: 
GALPA Etangs Mer Aude
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
FR218
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

Fisheries activities have been long rooted in the FLAG area and, present in both its coastal waters and lagoons, are still closely associated with the local heritage. Indeed, it is the second French Mediterranean production area, hosting both fishing activities (small-scale fishing, foot fishing, beach seine and trawlers) and shellfish farming (oysters and mussels). However, in recent years, a reduction in production and marketing capacity, among other things, have resulted in many job losses and led to a weakening of the sector.

As such, the main challenges the FLAG aims to address include maintaining adequate levels of income in the sector, creating economic development without impacting the resource, preventing the closing down of small fishing trades, maintaining and renewing the shellfish farms without producing or collecting more, and preserving the environment.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The FLAG has many natural areas of high environmental value, such as the Marine Nature Park of the Golfe du Lion and the regional nature reserve of Saint Lucie. Natura 2000 zones cover 51% of the land territory, the 3-mile strip is fully covered by a Natura 2000 zone at sea and the Narbonnaise lagoons are classified as "wetlands of international importance" of the Ramsar Convention.

Population
149 923
Surface area (km²)
1 102
Population density
136
Total employment in fisheries
125
Aquaculture: 
125

FLAG strategy

The FLAG’s strategy aims to support activities under three key axes:

  • Production innovations and adaptations in response to environmental hazards and changes in the local context in order to safeguard fisheries activities.
  • Improving the added value, marketing and distribution of fisheries products and fostering new sources of income to maintain jobs linked to the sector.
  • Improving the image of fisheries and aquaculture, including through promotion of the sector and the development of partnerships with other stakeholders to improve the quality of the production environment.  
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
20%
Supporting diversification
4
20%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
4
20%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
2
0%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
3
10%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 166 990
  • EMFF: 
    583 495
  • MS co-financing: 
    583 495
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional/provincial

Project examples

  • Support for setting up new and the hand-over of existing fisheries enterprises
  • Development of a range of new processed products
  • Development of short circuits and direct sales points
  • Studies of environmental hazards (Dinophysis) impacting shellfish production
  • Development of an alerts systems against environmental hazards
  • Study of fisheries waste
  • Setting up a discussions group on conflicts of use
  • Creation or rehabilitation of a fish Museum

Calls for proposals

Projects can be presented and selected on an ongoing basis.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG is interested in developing cooperation projects in line with its strategy, sharing good practice and optimising resources.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
19621.00

Partnership

Accountable body: 
Le Grand Narbonne
Members of the partnership: 
  •  « Le Grand Narbonne » urban community and « La Domitienne » community
  • Regional natural park of la Narbonnaise, East Audois LEADER LAG, « Rivage » union of lagoons, Tourist Office of Gruissan
  • Marine fisheries and aquaculture farms, Mediterranean regional fishing Committee, fishermen’s organisation of Bages / Port La Nouvelle, Leucate and Gruissan, fish auction of Port La Nouvelle and fishermen’s organisation « GIE GOLION »
  • Regional Committee for Mediterranean Shellfish Aquaculture, Leucate and Vendres Syndicates of shellfish farmers
  • Chamber of commerce and industry, Chamber of trades and crafts, Chamber of Agriculture, private winery company “Vinadeis“, Union of hydraulic trade unions of East Audois
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
27
% of fisheries actors: 
33%
% of public authorities and other: 
41%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
19%
% of environmental actors: 
8%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
25
% of public actors: 
44%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

Visuals

Map

FLAG Contacts

Le Grand Narbonne
 
12 boulevard Frédéric Mistral
CS 50 100 - CEDEX
11785 Narbonne
France
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Marie Laure Isler
Languages:
  • French (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
08/09/2017
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