FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Auray & Vannes FLAG

Official name: 
Pays d’Auray
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
FR212
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The area has a strong historical, geographic and cultural identity, both rural and maritime. It combines a rural farming area, a very touristic coastal area as well as a series of islands: Belle-Ile, Houat, Hoëdic and the forty islands of the Gulf of Morbihan.

The Auray and Vannes area has been shaped by maritime activities for decades. Today, although fishing and shell fish farming still represent an important sector in terms of value added and employment in the area, it has become increasingly difficult to ensure their place along a coast which is increasingly coveted. The weight of tourism, linked with the attractiveness of the territory, has led to significant residential demand with a strong impact on the local economy and traditional activities, including a loss of its sea-related cultural identity.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The whole area is protected under different nature protection statuses.

Population
304 752
Surface area (km²)
2 190
Population density
139
Total employment in fisheries
1 448
Fishing: 
500
Aquaculture: 
848
Processing: 
100

FLAG strategy

Considering the increasing difficulty for fisheries and shellfish farming entrepreneurs to settle on the coast, and given the loss of cultural identity linked to these sectors, the main objective of the FLAG is to reinforce their place in the local economy and to transform their historic legitimacy in a “territorial” legitimacy. The local economic dynamic is an ideal breeding ground to maintain and generate innovative sustainable economic activities in the maritime economy. 

The broad objectives of the strategy are:

  • To support the sustainable development of shellfish farming and small-scale fishing
  • To reinforce and promote the maritime identity of the territory
  • To transform the shellfish farming and small-scale fishing activities into drivers of innovation.

The FLAG has five operational objectives:

  • Maintaining the onshore potential and functionality of shellfish growing and harbor areas
  • Helping fisheries/aquaculture professionals and other stakeholders to improve the quality of the production processes
  • Improving the adaptability and attractiveness of the fisheries sector
  • Adding value and promoting local seafood products and enhancing maritime heritage
  • Supporting new forms of sustainable economic activities in fisheries and shellfish farming sectors: circular economy, social economy…
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
70%
Supporting diversification
3
20%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
3
20%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
4
30%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
2 455 692
  • EMFF: 
    1 227 846
  • MS co-financing: 
    1 227 846
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National, regional and local

  • Multi-funding: 

    The FLAG is also funded by the EAFRD and ERDF.

  • Funds: 
    EAFRD
    ERDF

Project examples

  • Social inclusion projects: food banks, supported jobs
  • Innovative projects developing sustainable processes in fisheries and shellfish farming: waste recovery and recycling
  • Promotion of seafood products: cooking workshops for the local population, schools and tourists; sea food tasting and direct sales in fairs; cooperation with famous chefs and restaurants
  • Tourism focused on the discovery of fishing and shellfish farming: creation of an ‘oyster house’; visits to shellfish farming sites, processing companies and the Quiberon auction, discovery routes, links between producers, restaurant owners and consumers…
  • Events and communication tools on local fisheries and employment opportunities

Good Practice

Calls for proposals

Project can be presented at any time and are selected on an ongoing basis. The FLAG can also launch call for projects on specific topics, such as circular economy.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG has experience in tackling water pollution: research, data collection, monitoring water quality, dissemination and promotion of results among professionals and local stakeholders    

The FLAG is interested in sharing experience on fisheries and shellfish farming employment, social inclusion and adding value to seafood products

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
50000.00

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 
  • Professional fishing and shellfish farming organisations: regional shellfish farming committee, oyster and mussel farming unions, local fishing committees, fishermen groups...
  • The Quiberon auction and local independent wholesalers
  • Employment and training organisations: job centres, vocational and technical maritime and fish farming schools
  • New sustainable economy actors (associations, network for the promotion of the social solidarity economy…)
  • Tourism and leisure organisations
  • Municipalities and local public bodies
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
100
% of fisheries actors: 
45%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
10%
% of environmental actors: 
10%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
27
% of public actors: 
48%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
0,80

Visuals

Map

FLAG Contacts

Pays d'Auray
 
Espace tertiaire Porte Océane 2
BP 20335
56403 Auray
France
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Marion Mazodier
Phone:
+33 2 22 76 03 59
FLAG President:
Mr. Michel Jalu
Publication date: 
01/08/2017
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