FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Cleddau to Coast FLAG

Official name: 
Cleddau to Coast FLAG
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
UK217
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

Pembrokeshire has a long tradition of fishing, both sea and freshwater. Tenby was the prime fishing port of the area for many centuries. More recently Milford Haven has developed and taken more of a predominant role in the area’s fishing industry; this was also due in large to Tenby becoming more of a holiday resort. Today, Pembrokeshire is a rural area primarily dependent upon agriculture and the tourism and energy industries.

While fishing remains important, it is much less so now than it was in the past. Pembrokeshire no longer has a high seas fishing fleet and most of the areas fisheries industry comprises vessels under 10 metre, which principally fish within a six-mile limit. The main fish processing in the area concerns shellfish, predominantly crab and lobster. There has been an increase in local shell-fishermen adding value to their own catch, as well as businesses processing local catches. Fish processing mainly comprises filleting and portioning to add value and prepare the products for the retail and hospitality trade.

The challenges faced by the Cleddau to Coast FLAG are to improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the Pembrokeshire fishing industry by adding value, diversification and collaborative working arrangements, and to ensure the voice and welfare of fishing communities are understood and promoted.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The FLAG has several protected areas including the Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC) - http://www.pembrokeshiremarinesac.org.uk/.

Population
86 694
Surface area (km²)
1 071
Population density
81
Total employment in fisheries
100
Fishing: 
100

FLAG strategy

The FLAG’s strategy includes the following aims and objectives:

  • Act to add value to fisheries and aquaculture products throughout the supply chain.
  • Act to diversify the income of the area’s fishing communities. To ensure that communities have a voice, are understood and are effectively promoted. 
  • Act to the benefit of targeted species and ensure sustainability.
  • Act to raise the profile of both the fishing communities and fisheries and aquaculture industries in the Pembrokeshire area. 
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
20%
Supporting diversification
5
20%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
5
20%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
4
20%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
3
20%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
412 130
  • EMFF: 
    412 130
  • Multi-funding: 

    The FLAG receives funding from the National Lottery funded Coastal Communities Fund (CFF) which encourages the economic development of UK coastal communities.

  • Funds: 
    Other(s)

Project examples

Projects examples and ideas for the Cleddau to Coast FLAG will be focused on the following wider issues:

  • Innovative measures which tackle the issues associated with marine litter, plastic pollution and recycling.
  • Diversification of fisheries activities into other sectors.
  • Networking and activities which enhance the ‘voice’ of local communities.
  • Sustainability. 

Calls for proposals

The FLAG makes calls for projects on a regular basis which are published locally.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG has thematic experience in fishing associations, conservation interests, LEADER and local authorities and local businesses. The FLAG is interested in playing a major role in improving relations between various interest groups in the fisheries industry by providing them with a shared vision and encouraging them to take part in collaborative ventures with mutual benefits.

Partnership

Accountable body: 
Pembrokeshire County Council
Members of the partnership: 

FLAG members includes Pembrokeshire County Council, Arwain Sir Benfro, Milford Haven Port Authority, Natural Resources Wales, Pembrokeshire Angling Association, Pembrokeshire Business Network, West Wales Rivers Trust, Pembrokeshire College, Fisheries & Aquaculture Consultant, PLANED, Seafish Industry Authority, South and West Wales Fishing Communities Ltd, Fishermen’s Mission, Welsh Seafood Cluster, West Wales Shell Fishermen’s Association, MHPA Marina & Docks Co-ordinator, Pembrokeshire Marine SAC Officer, Line Caught Bass Rep and Low Impact Fishers of Europe (LIFE).

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
19
% of fisheries actors: 
53%
% of public authorities and other: 
32%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
5%
% of environmental actors: 
10%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
19
% of public actors: 
32%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,20

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FLAG Contacts

Pembrokeshire County Council
 
County Hall, Freemans Way
SA61 1TP Haverfordwest
United Kingdom
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Richard Joseph
Phone:
+44 1437 776172
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Gwyn Evans
Phone:
+44 (0) 1437 776174
FLAG President:
Mr. Jon Parker
Languages:
  • English (Mother tongue)
  • French (Intermediate)
  • Spanish (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
10/04/2019
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