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.
The Pelagos Sanctuary (sanctuary for cetaceans), the Bonifacio Mouths Reserve, the Scandola Reserve, the Marine Natural Park of Cap Corse and Agriate Natura 2000
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:
The selection committee meets three times a year. The deadline for the last call for projects will be 31 December 2020.
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.
Two thirds of the coastal municipalities of the FLAG are part of a Leader LAG (Pays de Balagne, Taravo, Sud Corse, and Corse orientale). The LAG/FLAG common objectives include adding value to local products, promoting the identity of the territories, developing circular economy and short circuits for local products, supporting entrepreneurship and networking among stakeholders. The LAG presidents are all members of the FLAG’s selection committee.
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.