FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Costa Brava FLAG

Official name: 
Associació Grup d’Acció Local Pesquer Costa Brava
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
ES219
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

The Costa Brava FLAG area consists of eleven municipalities which are LLançà, El Port de la Selva, Cadaqués, Roses, L’Escala, Torroella de Montgrí, Palamós, Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Tossa del Mar, Lloret del Mar, and Blanes. The territory is situated in the northeast of Spain and bordered by the French Vermilion Coast to the north and by the Maresme Coast to the south.

Challenges to the FLAG area include a high unemployment rate of 34%, higher than the regional average of 25%. Historically, fishing activities were a significant part of the local economy. However, between 2000 and 2013 the size of the fishing sector in the Costa Brava decreased. As such, the diversification of fisheries activities into other sectors, namely tourism, are important for the creating of jobs and boosting economic growth.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The FLAG covers the natural parks of Cap de Creus, Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, and El Montgri which are included listed as both Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) and Special Protection Areas (SPA).

Population
171 936
Surface area (km²)
360
Population density
479
Total employment in fisheries
906
Fishing: 
891
Aquaculture: 
15
Women employment in fisheries: 
40

FLAG strategy

The FLAG’s local development strategy aims to:

  • Increase and improve the competitiveness of the fisheries sector through the differentiation and valorisation of local fisheries and aquaculture products.
  • Boost local fisheries and marine resources through the conservation and protection of the region’s environmental and cultural heritage.
  • Enhance the sustainable development of fisheries areas through the promotion of diversification of activities into other sectors, i.e. tourism and hospitality.

Promote the ‘blue economy’ in fisheries areas.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
40%
Supporting diversification
3
20%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
4
20%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
1
10%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
2
10%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
3 581 230
  • EMFF: 
    3 044 045
  • MS co-financing: 
    537 185
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional

Project examples

Project examples and ideas for the Costa Brava FLAG will be focused on the following themes:

  • Gastronomic fairs to promote local fisheries products.
  • The protection and preservation of the area’s maritime heritage.
  • An exploratory study exploring adding value to oily fish products.

Investment initiatives for boosting maritime tourism.

Calls for proposals

Call for projects are made annually and are published in the official Catalan journal.

Expertise & cooperation

The Costa Brava FLAG is eager to cooperate and exchange good practices on projects related to young entrepreneurship and marketing platforms for fisheries products.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
500000.00

Partnership

Accountable body: 
GALP Costa Brava
Members of the partnership: 

FLAG members include the fishing organisations of Girona, Roses, Blanes, Palamós, l’Escala, Estarlit, Port de la Selva, LLançà and Cadaqués, the town halls of Port de Selva and LLançà, a local environmental NGO and a public foundation for the promotion of the maritime cultural heritage.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
16
% of fisheries actors: 
56%
% of public authorities and other: 
18%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
19%
% of environmental actors: 
6%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
9
% of public actors: 
11%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

Visuals

Map

FLAG Contacts

GALP Costa Brava
 
Street: c/Moll Pesquer, s/n
17230 Palamós
Spain
FLAG President:
Mr. Antoni Abad Mallol
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Anna Masdeu Lalanza
Phone:
+34 659.68.54.00
Languages:
  • Spanish (Mother tongue)
  • English (Advanced)
  • French (Intermediate)
  • German (Intermediate)
  • Italian (Basic)
  • Portuguese (Basic)
Publication date: 
12/09/2017
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