FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Corsica FLAG

Official name: 
GALPA de Corse
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
FR223
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The territory covers the whole coastline of Corsica, which ranges from white sand beaches in the East to rocky coastline in the West. Although seasonal, tourism is the main activity on the island, accounting for 21% of the GDP in 2013. The local fisheries sector is made up exclusively of small-scale operators, with modest and declining production mostly organised around short-circuit sales, mainly to restaurants.

The main challenges of the FLAG include boosting incomes in fisheries communities, developing coastal areas by linking fisheries and tourism in an environmentally friendly way, and preserving the identity and cultural heritage of the island.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The Pelagos Sanctuary (sanctuary for cetaceans), the Bonifacio Mouths Reserve, the Scandola Reserve, the Marine Natural Park of Cap Corse and Agriate Natura 2000

Population
241 525
Surface area (km²)
3 695
Population density
99
Total employment in fisheries
425
Fishing: 
300
Aquaculture: 
125

FLAG strategy

The FLAG’s strategy has been developed largely in collaboration with the four Corsican Leader LAGs with which the it shares common objectives and planned activities.

The strategy focuses on:

  • Diversifying fisheries activities and adding value to marine products, and integrating the network of Marine Protected Areas that represent an important part of the coastal waters;
  • Promoting sustainable tourism;
  • Improving and promoting the image of the fisheries sector as a central part of the local maritime culture and identity.
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
2
% of the budget allocated: 
40%
Supporting diversification
1
20%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
4
20%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
5
14%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
3

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 184 168
  • EMFF: 
    592 084
  • MS co-financing: 
    592 084
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional

Project examples

  • The development of “itti-tourism” and pescatourism, based on the FLAG’s experience from the 2007-2013 programming period
  • Investment in processing workshops
  • Developing short circuits for fisheries products and improving traceability
  • Promoting maritime cultural heritage
  • Management of marine resources
  • Cooperation between fisheries and research organisations

Calls for proposals

The selection committee meets three times a year. The deadline for the last call for projects will be 31 December 2020.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG has experience in activities such as pesca-tourism and itti-tourism and in the previous period has worked in co-operation with the Corsican LEADER LAGs, and the Mediterranean and Basque Country FLAGs on diversification and adding value to fisheries products.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
30000.00

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

Various Marine Protection Areas, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Regional Tourism and Development Agency, research institutes, the Fisheries Management Authority, the Centre for Environment Initiatives and four LEADER LAGs.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
47
% of fisheries actors: 
28%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
15%
% of environmental actors: 
10%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
25
% of public actors: 
44%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

Map

Publication date: 
01/08/2017