FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Dorset and East Devon FLAG

Official name: 
Dorset and East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
UK213
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG area has been selected because of its wide geographical range and its potential to benefit as many small fishing communities as possible. The local fishery has an extremely diverse range of fish and shellfish species. There is an established aquaculture sector and the area has one of the largest concentrations of fishing vessels of under 10 metres in length in the country.

The area attracts visitors who come to enjoy the coast and the harbours. The ports are hubs of activity within communities. The fishing industry has adapted over the years, not only to available stocks and commercial demand, but also to the infrastructure and facilities available.

There is a lack of young people joining the sector. Other challenges include competition from larger vessels and the sector not being seen as economically viable due to high start-up costs and increased regulatory processes. The aging infrastructure and outdated equipment of the ports and harbours is a very common concern among fishermen.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The FLAG area has two Marine Conservation Zones, three Marine Special Areas of Conservation and one Marine Protected Area (Chesil Beach to Stannis Ledges) as well as the adjacent Poole Harbour Special Protection Area.

Population
103 000
Surface area (km²)
560
Population density
184
Total employment in fisheries
127
Fishing: 
100
Aquaculture: 
12
Processing: 
15

FLAG strategy

The Community Led Local Development Strategy was created using a bottom-up approach and hosting workshops with the community to assess the needs of the area and the priorities of the FLAG. From these workshops, interviews and research in the area, we identified the following priorities:

  • Encourage and enable effective collaborative working across and within sectors
  • Strengthen the aquaculture sector in Dorset
  • Infrastructure and equipment improvements to enable safe, sustainable working ports and harbours
  • Enable innovation to increase the value of catch and products
  • Support the industry by enabling diversification, up-skilling, and training, and increase the knowledge and understanding of the sector to attract a younger workforce.
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
35%
Supporting diversification
3
15%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
4
20%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
1
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
4
10%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
926 908
  • EMFF: 
    695 000
  • MS co-financing: 
    231 908
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National 

Project examples

  • An aquaculture hub which deals in the diversification of fishermen into the aquaculture industry and expanding and developing marine and on-land sites and facilities
  • Improving chilled storage facilities and amenities at Swanage and Lulworth
  • Collaborative infrastructure and equipment improvements in the Weymouth harbour area including storage solutions
  • Redevelopment of fishermen’s buildings in Beer
  • Quayside improvements at Axmouth
  • Dry dock and other equipment improvements at Lyme Regis
  • Specific and secure waste disposal bins at ports and harbours
  • A seafood branding scheme
  • Promote seasonal or less in demand catches by linking with restaurants and cookery schools
  • Mobile training vessel and station
  • Development of a course specifically aimed at IT, media, business and marketing skills needed within the industry

Calls for proposals

The FLAG operates on an open call basis; however, the FLAG board meets for project consideration every 10 weeks. Expressions of Interests can be submitted at any time via dorseteastdevonflag@dorsetcc.gov.uk  

Expertise & cooperation

  • The FLAG has experience in the fisheries sector including fishing associations, aquaculture business and others linked to the supply chain, conservation interests, local authorities, trainers and fisheries managers
  • The FLAG is interested in the reduction of marine litter resulting from fisheries as a cooperation project amongst other ideas
Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
8100.00

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG membership includes five local councils, five fishermen’s’ associations, three private companies working in fisheries, the two local Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authorities, the Marine Management Organisation, the Dorset Coast Forum and the Dorset Wildlife Trust.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
24
% of fisheries actors: 
54%
% of environmental actors: 
9%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
24
% of public actors: 
38%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
2,00

Map

FLAG Contacts

Dorset County Council
 
County Hall
DT1 1XJ Dorchester
United Kingdom
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Rhiannon Jones
Phone:
+44 1305 224833
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Martin Sutcliffe
Phone:
+44 1305 224766
Languages:
  • English (Mother tongue)
Publication date: 
02/06/2017
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