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FLAG Factsheet

Costa da Morte FLAG

Official name: 
Grupo de acción local do sector Pesqueiro da Costa da Morte
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
ES205
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

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.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

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.

Population
81 442
Surface area (km²)
962
Population density
84
Total employment in fisheries
1 488
Fishing: 
917
Aquaculture: 
175
Processing: 
396

FLAG strategy

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.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
25%
Supporting diversification
5
25%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
4
25%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
2
10%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
3
25%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
7 304 701
  • EMFF: 
    5 478 526
  • MS co-financing: 
    1 826 175
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional

Project examples

  • Setting-up various activities as part of food processing including filleting, drying, smoking, producing ready-made meals and packaging;
  • Training of fishermen or family members for setting-up diversification projects;
  • Promoting gastronomic tourism linked to fishery products.

Calls for proposals

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

Expertise & cooperation

  • Experience with the cooperation project, "Mar Galaica" www.margalaica.net/en/, which involved all Galician FLAGs in jointly promoting maritime tourism in the region.
  • The FLAG is mainly interested in exchange and cooperation on:
    • processing and marketing of fisheries products and
    • diversifying activities in the fisheries sector.

Partnership

Accountable body: 
Grupo de Acción Local del Sector Pesquero da Costa da Morte
Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG has 51 members[1]:

  • All nine local public authorities of the territory;
  • Eleven fishermen's, net makers and shellfish associations;
  • Ten business organisations and
  • Twenty-one social associations.

 

[1] This information is independent of the consultation of environmental actors during the elaboration of the local development strategy.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
51
% of fisheries actors: 
21%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
61%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
21
% of public actors: 
19%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
3,00

Map

FLAG Contacts

Grupo de Acción Local del Sector Pesquero da Costa da Morte
 
Lugar A Camposa, Buño
Malpica de Bergantiños
15111 A Coruña
Spain
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Guillermo Gonzalez Diez
Phone:
+34 981 70 73 78
FLAG President:
Mr. Evaristo Lareo Viñas
Languages:
  • Spanish (Advanced)
  • English (Basic)
Publication date: 
07/04/2017
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