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FLAG Factsheet

Ebro FLAG

Official name: 
Grup d’Acció Local Mar de l’Ebre
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
ES220
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Territoire

The Ebro FLAG operates on the Mediterranean coast, in the south of Catalonia. It borders with Aragon to the West and the region of Valencia to the south. The municipalities covered are located along the final stretch of the Ebro river, in the unique setting of the Ebro Delta. The most important port in the area is Sant Carlos de la Ràpita.

The economy of the area is characterized by a strong service sector, with tourism playing an increasingly decisive role; a limited manufacturing sector; and a primary sector where fisheries and aquaculture have an important role, behind the cultivation of rice and citrus. The area’s coastline is particularly sought after by tourists thanks to its un-spoilt nature and long sandy beaches offering its low density of visitors the tranquility and intimacy that few places enjoy.

The fishing fleet targets mainly pelagic fish, including tuna, while crustaceans and shellfish of different kinds are also very important. Just 20% of the fleet is small-scale, artisanal fishing.  Aquaculture is also an important part of the sector, representing 95% of Catalonia´s mollusc production. Buyers in the main fish auctions, Sant Carles de la Ràpita and Ametlla de Mar, and are largely local, and significant volumes of the local produce are also sold in the nearby food city, Mercabarna, in Barcelona.

The main challenges of the area include the effects of climate change that seriously affect the area’s coastline as well as prompting the arrival of new, invasive species. Ensuring a balance between the main economic agents in the area and the generational renewal of the fisheries workforce are other significant challenges for the fisheries community.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

Five of the seven municipalities covered by the FLAG are part of the Natural Park of the Ebro Delta, the most important wetland in Catalonia, with an area of ​​320 km2. Since 2013 is also recognized as a Biosphere Reserve.

Population
71 185
Surface area (km²)
510
Population density
140
Total employment in fisheries
1 544
Fishing: 
1 156
Aquaculture: 
298
Processing: 
90
Women employment in fisheries: 
1

Stratégie du GALPA

The FLAG’s strategy is based on seven general objectives:

  1. Creation of jobs linked to the fishing and aquaculture sector
  2. Increasing the added value of fisheries and aquaculture products
  3. Diversification of economic activities in the area
  4. Protection of local environmental heritage
  5. Protection and restoration of cultural heritage
  6. Promoting social cohesion
  7. Involving local communities in local development
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
37%
Supporting diversification
4
23%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
3
7%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
3
7%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
2
5%

Financement

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
3 607 702
  • EMFF: 
    2 858 546
  • MS co-financing: 
    749 156
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional

  • Funds: 
    Other(s)

Exemples de projet

  • Projects linking the gastronomy of the area to the Mediterranean diet
  • Adaptation of aquaculture structures for educational training projects
  • Adaptation of fishing ports and boats for the tourist and gastronomic activities
  • Recovery of fishing traditions
  • Supporting the creation of new companies by both women and men

Calls for proposals

A call for projects is published each year. Each year, approximately half a million euro are available for local projects.

Expertise et coopération

The Ebro FLAG is particularly interested in cooperation projects, both at the national level and at the transnational level – and especially around the Mediterranean. Our areas of work are related to aquaculture, cooperation with other FLAGs operating in deltas and biosphere reserves. 

Partenariat

Accountable body: 
Grup d’Acció Local Terres de l’Ebre
Members of the partnership: 

Five fishermen’s organisations or “confrarias” (Sant Carles de la Ràpita, l’Ametlla de Mar, l’Ampolla, les Cases d’Alcanar and Deltebre); the Federation of Mussels Producers, FEPROMODEL; the town councils of the seven municipalities covered (Alcanar, Sant Carles de la Ràpita, l’Ametlla de Mar, l’Ampolla, les Cases d’Alcanar, Sant Jaume d’Enveja and Deltebre); the Natural Park of the Ebro Delta; The Alfacs Aquaculture School; the Sant Carles de la Ràpita association of marine tourism operators (NGO); and four local businesses: sea salt manufacturer, INFOSA; seafood processor, Angulas y Mariscos Roset; pesca-tourism company, Margalef Encinas  and the sailing club, Serveis Nàutics Focus.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
26
% of fisheries actors: 
23%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
39%
% of environmental actors: 
4%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
13
% of public actors: 
23%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

Carte

FLAG Contacts

Grup d’Acció Local Terres de l’Ebre
 
Sant Carles de la Ràpita
Moll Pesquer, Edifici Llotja de peix
43540 Tarragona
Spain
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Joan Alginet Aliau
Phone:
+34 692 34 77 53
Languages:
  • Spanish (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
  • Portuguese (Intermediate)
  • Italian (Intermediate)
  • French (Basic)
Publication date: 
12/09/2017
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