The Fecamp FLAG is situated in the east of Normandy and comprises a coastline of 30km, cliffs typical of the Albatre region and two neighbouring valleys of Valmont and Ganzeville which stretch 20km inland. The town of Fecamp was built in conjunction with the expansion and development of the areas sea fishing, processing and shipbuilding industries. Fishing is historically part of the area’s economic development; at the turn of the 19th century Fecamp became a major landing port for cod fisheries.
While fishing has always been maintained in the area, the quota crisis in the 1980’s caused a major downturn in the area’s fishing activities and these difficulties are still impacting the industry now. This is one of the main challenges to the FLAG, as is maintaining the area’s cultural heritage. A key challenge for the FLAG is diversifying fisheries activities into other sectors and the thus stimulating economic growth, making the area a more attractive proposition for businesses and visitors.
The FLAG area is in the middle of two Natura 2000 sites, the special conservation area (SCA) of Littoral Cauchois and the special protection area (SPA) of Littoral Seino-Marin.
The FLAG strategy includes the following key objectives:
Regional and local: €229 000
Project examples and ideas for the Fecamp FLAG include:
The FLAG is interested in cooperation at regional, national and transnational levels. Themes the FLAG would like to explore in the valorisation of local seafood products, the networking of ports sharing common products and cross-channel or transatlantic sailing events.
FLAG members include the following public and private actors:
Public bodies: Local authorities, port administrations, a maritime high school and association for adult training.
Private organisations: a regional fishing committee, fishermen, a producers’ organisation representatives from the processing sector, the Fecamp fish auction, retailers, maritime heritage associations, the local French Chamber of Artisanal Crafts (FCAC) and the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI), environmental protection associations and social economy and solidarity associations.