FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Fiches FLAG

Bothnian Sea and Lake Pyhäjärvi FLAG

Official name: 
Selkämeren ja Pyhäjärven kalatalouden toimintaryhmä
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
FI203
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The Bothnian Sea coastline and Lake Pyhäjärvi have a lengthy tradition in the fisheries sector where the main catches include vendace and signal crayfish. About half of Finland´s Baltic herring catch is landed on the harbours along this particular part of the coast. Whitefish, salmon and other fresh water species are similarly important to the area. The processing industry is also highly active here. An additional positive development in recent years has been the growth in pesca-tourism.

The main challenges lie in adding value to local catches, especially herring, and in maintaining the necessary infrastructure for the fisheries activity to continue. Another challenge is the notably low number of young fishermen.

Type de zone:
Bassins:
Protected areas: 

15 km2 (land), 912 km2 (water)

Population
181 000
Surface area (km²)
4 671
Population density
39
Total employment in fisheries
245
Fishing: 
95
Aquaculture: 
30
Transformation: 
120
Women employment in fisheries: 
70

FLAG strategy

The top five challenges addressed in the FLAG strategy are:

  • Improving the exploitation of local fish and adding value to primary production;
  • Improving the image of local fish and fisheries;
  • Improving infrastructure and the means of production;
  • Fostering networking and the exchange of know-how; and
  • Developing tourism around fish and fisheries.
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
40%
Supporting diversification
4
10%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
3
10%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
3
10%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
5
30%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 517 440
  • EMFF: 
    470 000
  • MS co-financing: 
    1 047 440
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National (€530 000) and local (municipalities: €517 440)

  • Multi-funding: 

    The FLAG aims to complement its EMFF budget with other sources of funding but this is not included in the budget of the strategy.

Project examples

Project examples and ideas:

  • Intelligent trap-net: the trap signals, for example, when it is time to be emptied
  • Seal safe fishing strategies and traps
  • Combining small-scale fish-farming and fishing for better income

Calls for proposals

Projects can be presented and selected on an ongoing basis.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG is interested in sharing experience in pesca-tourism, herring processing, coastal fishing techniques and inland fishing including crayfish. In the area, there is strong know-how in freshwater fisheries, aquaculture (including closed systems), small-scale coastal fishing, bio manipulation and food-chain management.

There is no specific budget ear-marked for cooperation, but funding is possible as part of the project activities.                                        

Type of cooperation projects foreseen: developing a Baltic FLAG network and pesca-tourism with transnational partners.

Partnership

Accountable body: 
Ravakka LEADER LAG
Members of the partnership: 
  • The Karhuseutu, Pyhäjärviseutu, Pohois-Satakunta, and Jokivarsikumppanit LEADER LAGs.
  • Eleven Municipalities: Uusikaupunki, Pyhäranta, Rauma, Luvia, Pori, Merikarvia, Säkylä, Eura, Eurajoki, Köyliö, Pöytyä.
  • Three Fishermen´s organizations (NGO): L-S Kalatalouskeskus, Selkämeren ammattikalastajat, Satakunnan kalatalouskeskus.
  • Other: Pyhäjärvi-instituutti (research institute) and the Bothnian Sea National Park.
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
350
% of fisheries actors: 
60%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
10%
% of environmental actors: 
10%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
10
% of public actors: 
20%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

Visuals

Map

Contacts du GALPA

Ravakka LEADER LAG
 
Rauhankatu 4
32500 Uusikaupunki
Finland
FLAG President:
Mr. Esa Urhonen
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Mika Halttu
Phone:
+358 44 7929 002
Languages:
  • Finlandais (Mother tongue)
  • Anglais (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
25/12/2016
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