Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Basque Coast FLAG

Official name: 
GALPA Côte Basque - Sud Landes
Programming period: 


The territory of Basque Coast FLAG is located on the Atlantic Ocean, at the bottom of the Bay of Biscay, on the Spanish border of the Basque Country. With a population increase of over 20% between 1999 and today, the area’s strong demographic dynamics concern both the coast and the hinterland and impact its entire economy. Urban centres are present and influential (Biarritz, Bayonne), and although agriculture and fisheries remain dynamic activities, the residential economy is becoming a major source of revenue for the territory. The maritime identity of the area is strong and sustains many economic sectors: port activities, tourism, sailing, fishing, marine aquaculture, etc.

Over 100 fishing vessels operate in the different ports of the “Landes” and the Atlantic Pyrenees: Capbreton, Bayonne, Anglet and the Adour estuary, Saint-Jean-de-Luz / Ciboure and Hendaye. The fleet is predominantly made up of small-scale inshore fisheries with boats under 12m doing daytime (or night) tides of less than 12 hours; and fishing techniques are diverse: trawl, net, longline, purse seine, line, sieve, traps. Vessels may have one trade all year round or diversify depending on the season and target species.

The FLAG area has a fish auction on the port of Saint-Jean-de-Luz / Ciboure. With 10 665 tonnes of fishery products landed and sold at this auction in 2016, for a value of over €30M, it ranks number 1 of the auctions of the New Aquitaine Region and 5th in value in France.

By building on the dynamics initiated in the territory with Axis 4 of the EFF, the challenge of the FLAG for its CLLD programme under the EMFF is to improve the socio-economic balance and the place of the local fisheries sector in the territory in relation with the other marine and coastal actors.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

Six Natura 2000 under the Birds Directive, covering 281 km2 or 18% of the FLAG area.

Thirteen Natura 2000 under the Habitats Directive, covering 306 km2 or19.5% of the area.

317 576
Surface area (km²)
1 568
Population density
Total employment in fisheries
Women employment in fisheries: 

FLAG strategy

The strategy of the Basque Coast FLAG aims to strengthen the socio-economic importance of the local fisheries sector and improve the recognition of its role in local development and spatial planning.

Building on the achievements of EFF Axis 4 in 2007-2013, and in line with the strategic priorities of the EMFF, the FLAG strategy is structured around two complementary axes:

1. Adding value to people and to products: maximizing social inclusion and bringing value added to local seafood

2. Strengthening sustainably the role of the fisheries sector in the territory, on land and at sea.

This strategy is divided into five operational objectives:

  • Promoting and facilitating access to the trades of the fishing industry
  • Improving the value of the area’s fisheries products
  • Developing synergies within the fisheries sector and with the other local activities
  • Improving fishing sustainability and cohabitation with users of the marine and estuarine environment
  • Promoting synergies and cooperation between territories.
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
Supporting diversification
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage


Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
2 100 000
  • EMFF: 
    1 050 000
  • MS co-financing: 
    1 050 000
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional: €990 000

    National: €60 000

Project examples

  • Setting up an adapted workshop for upgrading used fishing gear
  • Assistance and support for the creation and transfer of fishing companies
  • Study of the socio-economic weight of the fisheries sector in the FLAG area
  • Designing an exhibition on the theme of seaweed exploitation by fishermen and farmers on the Basque coast
  • Supporting the marketing of local fishery products through short circuits
  • Development of tourist packages for harbour visits (training guides, designing a welcome center, communication materials, etc.)
  • Promoting and increasing the consumption of local fish in collective catering (schools, retirement homes...).

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG has an experience in promoting the fisheries sector; placing local products in collective catering and recycling used fishing gear. It would like to cooperate on:

  • Diversification of fishing activities
  • Assistance and support for the creation / transfer of fishing enterprises
  • Adding value to local products through processing
  • The upgrading of used fishing gear
  • Strengthening land-sea links

Details of possible specific projects envisaged for cooperation:

  • Innovation through the upgrading of used fishing gear, especially nets, for the manufacture of products (clothing, footwear, surfboards, urban or leisure furniture, etc.) in a circular economy within the area, or nearby.
Budget envisaged for cooperation: 


Members of the partnership: 

FLAG members include:

  • TheLandes and the Pyrénées-AtlantiquesCounty Councils;
  • Basque and the Adour Landes Océanes Pays;
  • Local port authorities;
  • Maritime school of Ciboure;
  • Tourism board;
  • Local marine fishing & aquaculture organisation (CIDPMEM 64-40);
  • Aquitaine Producers Organisation;
  • Fishing cooperatives, La Basquaise and GURE LANA;
  • Various local trade unions of fishermen and shellfishers;
  • An association of fishmongers; the Saint-Jean-de-Luz / Ciboure fish auction;
  • The association of fishermen’s wives and families, Uhaina;
  • Various sailing, environmental and cultural associations.
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FLAG Contacts

[FR216] GALPA Côte Basque - Sud Landes
12, quai Pascal Elissalt
64500 Ciboure
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Nicolas Susperregui
+33 5 59 47 65 48
FLAG President:
Mr. Serge Larzabal
  • French (Mother tongue)
  • Spanish (Advanced)
  • English (Intermediate)
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