FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Eastern Cantabria FLAG

Official name: 
GAC Oriental de Cantabria
Country:
Code: 
ES217
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Territoire

The FLAG area covers the municipalities of Castro Urdiales, Colindres, Laredo and Santoña, along the eastern coast of Cantabria. The county boasts a rich landscape of wetlands with canals, river deltas and muddy plains, including the Santoña Natural Park.

Fisheries is very present in the area’s identity and the FLAG area accounts for 75% of the region’s landings. Tourism and gastronomy are also important thanks to its long beaches and good provision of leisure infrastructure, restaurants etc.

Video of the FLAG's area and strategy for further details

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

Natural Park of Santoña, Victoria & Joyel (RAMSAR, SPA & SCI); the River Agüera covering 15 Km2 or 11% of the FLAG area; IBA (Important Bird Area) of the Oriental Costera Mountain

Population
62 763
Surface area (km²)
130
Population density
483
Total employment in fisheries
2 229
Fishing: 
600
Processing: 
1 629
Women employment in fisheries: 
1 649

Stratégie du GALPA

In order to attain “smart, green and intelligent growth” with the fisheries sector at its heart, the FLAG has laid out the following four strategic priorities:

  • Adding value to fisheries products and to sustainable fisheries and improving its competitiveness.
  • Developing tourism by fostering synergies between the area’s primary sectors.  
  • Capitalising on the area’s environmental assets
  • Supporting innovation & research and combatting marine pollution.
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
35%
Supporting diversification
4
25%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
3
8%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
3
8%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
3
3%

Financement

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
3 211 765
  • EMFF: 
    2 723 000
  • MS co-financing: 
    481 765
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional

Exemples de projet

  • Creation of the brand “Pescalonja” to promote the quality and specificities of the area’s seafood along with the heritage that it represents for the area and a good practice guide for the sector.
  • Different fairs to promote local fish species (bonito tuna, anchovies…) the work of the area’s fishermen and women – in particular small-scale, artisanal fishing – and their place in the local gastronomy.
  • Show cooking with Cantabrian anchovies at weddings, fairs and other events
  • The development of maritime excursions with a focus on environmental sustainability and access for people with disabilities. 

Calls for proposals

Calls for projects will be opened at least once a year and candidates will have one month to present their projects. The most recent call can be found on the FLAG website.

Expertise et coopération

The FLAG has experience in micro credit and has worked closely with MicroBank of La Caixa to support access to micro credit for local would-be entrepreneurs.   

It is interested in cooperating around actions to add value to the products of sustainable fisheries, including through links with tourism and gastronomy, in particular in areas of the Cantabrian coast and the Atlantic arc with similar types of fishing.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
100000.00

Partenariat

Accountable body: 
East Cantabria
Members of the partnership: 

The fisheries catching and processing sectors, including:

  • 4 fishing organisations (“Cofradias”) from: Castro Urdiales, Colindres, Laredo and Santoña
  • The regional association of small-scale coastal fishermen
  • The boat owners association of Santoña
  • The regional association of net menders
  • The association of fish processors (CONSESA)

The public sector

  • 4 Town Halls (Castro Urdiales, Colindres, Laredo and Santoña)
  • The inter-municipal body for sustainable municipalities

Economic partners

  • Cantabrian Federation for Commerce, COERCAN
  • Three trade associations (of Colindres: APYMECO; Laredo: ACELAR; and Castro Urdiales ASOCAS)
  • Workers Union CC.OO
  • The Cantabrian HORECA association (AEHC)

Civil society

  • 7 different associations and NGOs, linked to the area’s heritage and coastline, as well as a women’s association and an association that organizes classes for the elderly (UNATE)
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
26
% of fisheries actors: 
50%
% of public authorities and other: 
33%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
1%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
12
% of public actors: 
33%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
2,00

Visuels

Carte

FLAG Contacts

East Cantabria
 
Edificio CISE-Polígono Industrial "la Pesquera" s/n
39770 Laredo, Cantabria
Spain
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Roberto Gutierrez Alquegui
Phone:
+34 942 68 33 51
Languages:
  • Spanish (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
12/09/2017
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