The FLAG is located on the Baltic sea coast. It has many valuable assets, in particular its nature, landscape and culture. The fisheries sector, together with tourism, play and important role in the economy. In the north of the area, on the Baltic coast, there are 83 fishing boats which catch mainly cod and flounder (as well as smaller quantities of plaice, sea trout, herring, and sprat) and many businesses active in fish sales and distribution. Aquaculture production can be found in the southern part of the FLAG area, and consists mainly of rainbow trout and lake trout. There are also 15 fish processing plants.
The fisheries sector, especially marine fishing, is in decline and although most fishermen intend to continue this activity, approximately one third would like to diversify into other businesses. Other challenges include depopulation (due to outward migration), lack of businesses, unemployment – especially among women, poor infrastructure, low level of activity and insufficient use of the tourism potential.
A high proportion of the area is under protection (over 17%), including the nature reserves at Wieleń, the Koszalin Coastal Belt and the Zaleskie Swamp. There are also Natura 2000 areas and about 300 nature monuments.
The FLAG wants to focus on:
No, but the FLAG also intends to apply for funding for specific projects, including other priorities of the EMFF OP.
The majority of FLAG members are individuals (252 out of 297 members); the remaining 45 entities are comprised of the public sector (seven municipalities and the county administration), NGOs (26 local associations and foundations) and businesses. In total, there are 86 representatives of the business sector, and the fisheries sector is represented by 36 entities (individuals or companies).