The name of the coastal area of Costa da Morte (“Coast of Death”) refers to its partly rough and rocky shoreline. In between, the coastline which offers attractive beaches and areas of high environmental value.
The FLAG has twelve small harbours which generate crucial employment for their immediate surroundings. Almost 300 small-scale fishing boats sell their catches at one of the seven auctions. Daily landings ensure the supply of high quality fish and seafood products. The canning industry is the only processing activity in the FLAGs territory.
In general, the area and especially small cities such as Camarinas, Malpice and Muxia struggle with high unemployment rates due to a lack of (quality) jobs, leading to a high number of young educated people leaving the region. This also leads to a decline and aging of the overall population.
Thanks to the geography of the area, which has many beaches with fine sand and several protected areas, tourism has emerged as an alternative to the decline of traditional industries. However, there is no common approach to fully tap into this opportunity because of a shortage of knowledge and services within this sector.
There are three protected areas (Natura2000). This includes Sites of Community Importance “Costa da Morte” and “Río Anllóns-Cabo Vilán” and the Special Protection Area “Costa da Morte”.
Next to these areas, the region has more sites of high environmental value.
One of the main FLAG objectives is to support actors in setting up new businesses directly related to fisheries activity. This might include new processing activities or creating added value to fishery products for specific (niche) markets. The region’s brand and its characteristics will be key in the marketing of the local products.
Secondly, the FLAG calls for new activities linked with the marine and maritime environment. This varies from harvesting or farming of new products (e.g. algae), re-using ancient techniques for art crafts (e.g. netmaking) or hosting visitors and introducing them to the cultural and natural assets of the region.
The overall aim of the strategy is to create additional employment and income in the area. Therefore, in parallel with these two objectives, support will be given to train individuals on setting up a business and to share knowledge. This pool of skilled professional can bring a business mindset in the region which in return can generate new activities making the area an attractive place to live, work and visit.
Every year there will be a call for project proposals with a deadline of the 1st of March. If the budget of this call is not exhausted, a second call will be organised, with a deadline of the 1st of September (except in 2020, when there will be no second call, to ensure the programme is closed on time).
Calls are published here: www.accioncosteira.es
The FLAG has 51 members:
 This information is independent of the consultation of environmental actors during the elaboration of the local development strategy.