Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Brest FLAG

Official name: 
Pays de Brest
Programming period: 


The FLAG area is located on the western tip of the Brittany peninsula, covering a range of urban, rural and coastal environments. Its important urban centre, the Brest Metropolis, nested within a natural landlocked bay (the Brest roadstead) is home to the second biggest military port in France. However, with over 600 km of coastline, the area is overwhelmingly defined by its maritime identity, counting 30 500 jobs directly linked to maritime transport, energy, the shipping industry, aquaculture and fisheries.

Fisheries activities include small-scale inshore fisheries, shellfish harvesting and production, with the presence of high value species such as European (flat) and Pacific oysters, mussels, cockles, grooved carpet shell and abalone.  Its seaweed production on the Molène archipelago is the largest seaweed extraction field in Europe.

The main challenge for the territory area is employment in the maritime economy, which suffers from a lack of visibility and attractiveness, despite holding many opportunities for development (seafood processing, sales and support activities…). There is also a need to better connect job demand and supply, through the development of an integrated approach to promoting innovative and sustainable maritime activities.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 
  • 11 Natura 2000 sites (Abers-Côtes des légendes, Ouessant-Molène, Presqu’île de Crozon, Guissény, Pointe de Corsen-Le Conquet, Rade de Brest-estuaire de l’Aulne, Côtes de Crozon, Rivière Elorn, Baie de Keremma, Lann Gazel, Forêt du Cranou-Menez Meur)
  • Natural Reserve of Iroise
  • Sites of Geological Interest of the Presqu’île de Crozon


390 977
Surface area (km²)
1 678
Population density
Total employment in fisheries

FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy focuses on six defined actions:

  1. Fostering the compatibility and ensuring spatial integration of the multiple uses of the coastal area
  2. Building collective knowledge for the development of sustainable practices
  3. Promoting opportunities within the fisheries and aquaculture sector and improving employability of young professionals
  4. Developing a coherent touristic offer centred on local maritime activities, products and infrastructure (linked with the touristic label “Brest Terres Océanes”)
  5. Developing and promoting local consumption, purchase and supply of seafood products from fisheries and aquaculture activities
  6. Supporting fisheries and aquaculture activities in the diversification of their production and improving collaborative processes  
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Supporting diversification
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development


Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
2 059 264
  • EMFF: 
    1 029 632
  • MS co-financing: 
    1 029 632
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    State, Regional Council, County Council, Inter-municipal bodies and municipalities

  • Multi-funding: 

    State, Regional Council, County Council, Inter-municipal bodies and municipalities.

Project examples

  • R&D and experimental tools to understand the development of toxic algae blooms and limit the impact on fisheries and aquaculture
  • Collective management tools to help the conservation and rebuilding of stocks of local and valuable species (Clams, crayfish, European oysters…)
  • One-stop-shop to support business creation and transfer for fisheries and aquaculture professionals
  • Tools to improve the touristic potential of harbours, production and landing sites: discovery paths, signposting of fishing techniques and species…
  • Processing and storage workshop for local seafood products allowing better supply in short circuits for collective and individual catering
  • Participative events to build closer links between researchers, professionals and the public (e.g. « Sea Tech Week » etc.) and to identify intellectual property rights in the context of collaborative projects

Expertise & cooperation

  • The FLAG is interested in:
    • Maritime tourism linked to fisheries
    • Local consumption and supply of seafood products
    • Cooperation between fisheries and aquaculture professionals and diversification of activities
  • Specific cooperation projects envisaged:
    • Monitoring the restocking of juvenile oysters in the Brest roadstead and the Quiberon bay, in cooperation with the Auray-Vannes FLAG (CRC Bretagne Sud)
    • Tourism and short circuits, in cooperation with CIM Alto Minho FLAG

The Pays de Brest wants to build up on the cooperation initiatives already ongoing on the territory, i.e.:

  • European research project SUCCESS, led by the University of Bretagne Occidentale, aiming at identifying the opportunities for growth, employment and innovation in European fisheries and aquaculture sector.
  • Channel Marine Academy Project (Interreg IVA: France (Channel)-England) on raising awareness amongst youth about employment opportunities in fisheries careers. Led by: Cornwall Marine Network; partners in Brittany: Nautisme en Finistère, Maison de l’Emploi et Mission locale du Pays de Brest
Budget envisaged for cooperation: 


Accountable body: 
Pôle métropolitain du Pays de Brest
Members of the partnership: 

Public sector:

  • 5 inter-municipal bodies (Communautés de communes) : Pays d’Iroise, Lesneven-Côte des Légendes, Abers, Landerneau-Daoulas and Presqu’île de Crozon
  • Brest Métropole 
  • Armorique  Regional Natural Park
  • Iroise Natural Marine Park

Private stakeholders:

  • Regional Shell-fishing Committee of North Brittany
  • The Finistère fishing committee (CDPMEM)
  • Private mussel and shellfish producer and fisherman/boat-owner
  • The union of seaweed harvesters of the Rive de Bretagne
  • A seaweed and marine plants trade union
  • The Tinduff hatchery
  • The technology agency, Technopôle Brest Iroise 
  • The University of Bretagne Occidentale 
  • La Touline (training and support centre for maritime careers)
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FLAG Contacts

Pôle métropolitain du Pays de Brest
18, rue Jean Jaurès
BP 61321
29213 Brest cedex 1
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Luce Demangeon
+33 2 98 00 62 37
FLAG President:
Mr. François Cuillandre
  • French (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
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