FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Fiches FLAG

Bothnian Bay / Perämeri FLAG

Official name: 
Perämeren rannikon kalatalousryhmä
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
FI201
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

Bothnian Bay is in the northernmost part of the Gulf of Bothnia and Baltic Sea. It freezes over completely every winter. There are several forms of fishing found here: mainly trap and gillnet, trawl fishing (when there is no ice), dragnet and net fishing in winter.

The main species caught are European whitefish, vendace, Baltic herring, Atlantic salmon and perch. Whitefish accounts for 40% of the total catch. Lamprey fishing is of major economic significance in the estuaries of rivers running into the bay.

The area is facing a demographic challenge: fishermen are ageing and the recruitment of young fishermen is difficult. Furthermore, the abundant and uncontrollably growing population of ringed seals and grey seals is impeding fishing activities.

Type de zone:
Bassins:
Protected areas: 

15 areas, 739 km². Main area is National Park of the Bothnia Bay.

Population
357 994
Surface area (km²)
10 591
Population density
34
Total employment in fisheries
660
Fishing: 
450
Aquaculture: 
10
Transformation: 
200
Women employment in fisheries: 
4

FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy is three-fold:

  • The development of coastal fishing
  • The development and promotion of the various sectors of the fisheries industry
  • Increasing demand for local fish
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
40%
Supporting diversification
3
30%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
1
0%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
1
0%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
5
30%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
875 000
  • EMFF: 
    348 414
  • MS co-financing: 
    526 586
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National and Municipalities

  • Multi-funding: 

    Planned private funding € 252 000 

Project examples

  • Study trips for fishermen allowing them to learn about different fishing methods in the area (fishermen’s cooperatives) and beyond, including abroad;
  • Development of seal resistant fishing gear;
  • Recruitment of young fishermen in co-operation with educational institutions;

Calls for proposals

Projects can be presented and selected on an ongoing basis.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG has long experience in the ecological restoration of rivers and lakes.

Inter-territorial cooperation is foreseen around study trips and general exchange of information and experience.

Transnational cooperation should focus on study trips and vicinity trading, as well as migratory fish populations and tackling the issue of seal populations in the FLAG Sea basin.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
40000.00

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

Members include municipalities of the FLAG area, small scale fisheries actors, fish processing units, the community of fisheries association of the Gulf of Bothnia and local LEADER groups.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
11
% of fisheries actors: 
80%
% of public authorities and other: 
20%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
11
% of public actors: 
20%

Map

Contacts du GALPA

FLAG Coastal Bothnian Bay
 
Vihikari 10
90440 Kempele
Finland
FLAG President:
Mr. Lauri Halonen
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Iiro Majuri
Languages:
  • Finlandais (Mother tongue)
  • Anglais (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
31/08/2017
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