FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Forth FLAG

Official name: 
Forth FLAG
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
UK201
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG area covers the fisheries communities and coastline of the three combined local authority areas of Scottish Borders, East Lothian and Fife. The area includes 12 working harbours, several of which are discrete fishery harbours built in the 19th century. Each harbour has a mix of commercial and leisure business.

In total, there are 217 Scottish vessels registered in the area. The area accounts for 10% of the Scottish fleet, with Eyemouth the eighth largest district in Scotland. Furthermore, it is also second on the east coast to Fraserburgh, with Anstruther third.

Fish processing is a key element of the local economy, particularly in Eyemouth, Anstruther and Pittenweem and helps to provide much needed local employment. 

There are many social and economic challenges in the area.  Low income and relatively high unemployment are common in many of the main settlements.  Eyemouth in particular, has a declining and ageing population. Current indications are that these trends are projected to continue.

Educational attainment is below average across much of the Forth FLAG area, and there are pockets of areas with very poor health statistics.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The area hosts 15 Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), three Special Areas of Conservation (SAC's) and two Special Protections Areas (SPAs) under the birds' directive.

Population
40 000
Surface area (km²)
201
Population density
199
Total employment in fisheries
380
Fishing: 
380

FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy delivers the fisheries elements of three separate multi-fund local development strategies. Each local development strategy has variations in its priorities and focus, but common themes among them include economic growth, social inclusion and job creation.

Specific priorities for fishing areas include:

  • Facilitating diversifications within and outside of the fisheries sector
  • Development of tourism and food & drink sectors
  • Renewables development, particularly offshore wind.
  • Developing an upskilled workforceDeveloping and supporting community capacity, cohesion, and collaboration
Objective: 
Supporting diversification
Priority: 
5
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
4
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
4
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
3
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
3

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
817 299
  • EMFF: 
    612 974
  • MS co-financing: 
    204 325
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

Project examples

  • A series of Mobile beach huts is envisaged on the harbour front
  • A programme of Fork-Lift Truck Training for fishermen
  • A seafood information trail
  • A pontoon for floating maritime museum

Good Practice

Calls for proposals

Application deadlines occur four times per year.  The dates for 2017 include January 20th, April 14th, July 28th and October 13th. Applications are determined at FLAG meetings around six weeks after the deadline.

Deadlines will be publicised here

Expertise & cooperation

Forth FLAG members offer significant experience of the industry and represent a broad cross section of a major fishing area of the UK. The FLAG is interested in all areas of co-operation, both inter-territorial and transnational. Potential areas of interest could include new products, industry innovation, development of tourism and preservation of traditional skills.   

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

East Lothian Associatin of Community Councils, Fife Voluntary Associaton ten fisheries, fiqh processing organsation and two harbour trusts.

 

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
20
% of fisheries actors: 
40%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
30%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
20
% of public actors: 
25%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,20

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FLAG Contacts

Forth FLAG
 
Forth FLAG
Scottish Borders Council Harbour Office Gunsgreen Basin
TD14 5SD Eyemouth
United Kingdom
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Rosalind McArthur
Phone:
+44 1835 825117
Languages:
  • English (Mother tongue)
Publication date: 
15/12/2017
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