FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Fiches FLAG

Bielska Land FLAG

Official name: 
Lokalna Grupa Rybacka Bielska Kraina
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
PL234
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG covers five municipalities surrounding from the north-west the city of Bielsko-Biała. The area is characterised by many small farms, some of them carrying out carp production in cascade ponds. Two species of fish from the area (Bestwin Carp and Mountain Trout) have been recognised as traditional products by the Ministry of Agriculture. An interesting tourist attraction is the Carp Trail, created by several FLAGs from southern Poland in 2007-2013.

One of the key challenges the area is facing is the loss of jobs, both in the fish production sector and in other sectors, mainly in the fuel and metal industries, where, as a result of new technologies, machines are replacing human labour.

During the preparation of the local strategy, the inhabitants pointed out the weak capacity of fishing businesses to compete on the market and the many under-used opportunities to develop business activities complementary to fishing, in particular tourism and water-based activities. Low levels of social activity are also seen as a challenge.

Type de zone:
Bassins:
Protected areas: 

Landscape Park of the Silesian Beskid Mountains, 3 natural reserves and 2 areas of protected landscape (fish ponds which are the only nesting place of the night heron in Poland).

Population
102 486
Surface area (km²)
275
Population density
368
Total employment in fisheries
696
Aquaculture: 
318
Transformation: 
378

FLAG strategy

level of social activity. It also envisages support to activities to better utilise the water potential of the area. Special attention will be paid to supporting activities targeting young people (under 35), the elderly (over 55) and fishermen.

Objective: 
Supporting diversification
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
29%
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
4
20%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
4
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
3
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
2
7%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
3 000 000
  • EMFF: 
    2 550 000
  • MS co-financing: 
    450 000
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

  • Multi-funding: 

    There is no multi-funding at present, but the FLAG will apply for other sources of funding for specific projects.

  • Funds: 
    ERDF
    Other(s)

Project examples

  • Purchasing of machinery and equipment for fish farms
  • Developing direct sales of fish products
  • Construction or renovation of buildings for fishing activity
  • Training for fishermen to obtain new skills, study visits
  • Developing hotels and restaurants, renting places of recreational equipment
  • Organising of cultural and promotional events, sports events, angling competitions etc.
  • Small-scale public infrastructure for tourism and recreation (bicycle paths, tourist trails, canoeing, skiing, cycling, horse-riding infrastructure)
  • Preparing tourist guides and other publications, websites promoting local products, tourism, and culture

Calls for proposals

Timetable of calls is available on www.bielskakraina.pl.

Expertise & cooperation

  • The FLAG has experience in local tourism and local products and continues to be interested in activities related to the promotion, advice and training of fishermen in these areas.
  • It is hoped to continue interterritorial cooperation with other Polish FLAGs. We envisage three cooperation projects with FLAGs and LAGs, including a study visit to Slovakia (exchange of good practices on how to involve vulnerable groups), joint activities with other Polish FLAGs to develop tourism services (including a fish market, developing fishing tourism) and training and exchange of experience between fisheries businesses.
Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
90000.00

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

Among the FLAG members there are many businesses, such as the fish-processing plants in Czechowice-Dziedzice and Jasienica, an experimental station of the Research Institute for Animal Husbandry in Grodziec Śląski which produces carp stock, as well as numerous fishermen and fish production cooperatives. The public sector is represented by the five municipalities. The NGO sector includes many local associations and foundations such as the Association of Parents of Handicapped Children, Kaniowski Carp Association and several branches of the Polish Anglers’ Association.  

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
98
% of fisheries actors: 
80%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
14%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
15
% of public actors: 
27%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
4,00

Visuals

Map

Contacts du GALPA

Lokalna Grupa Rybacka Bielska Kraina
 
ul. Tadeusza Regera 81
43-382 Bielsko-Biała
Poland
FLAG President:
Mr. Zdzisław Bylok
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Malwina Kleszcz
Phone:
+48 33 810 08 38
Languages:
  • Polonais (Mother tongue)
  • Anglais (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
24/08/2017
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