FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Fiches FLAG

Murcia FLAG

Official name: 
Grupo de Acción Local de Pesca y Acuicultura de la Región de Murcia
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
ES225
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG area covers the six coastal municipalities of the region of Murcia in southern Spain. It stretches over 312km of coastline and includes the biggest saltwater lagoon in the Mediterranean, the Mar Menor. The local economy is based strongly on tourism in the north of the area, especially around the Mar Menor, while agriculture (mainly fruit and vegetables) is very present in Cartagena, Mazarrón and Àguilas.

Fishing and aquaculture are important activities, with a strong presence of marine aquaculture. Indeed, with an annual turnover of €75M, Murcia is the second most important region in Spain for aquaculture (after Galicia) and the first for marine fish. It is home to a number of both local and foreign aquaculture companies which produce mainly sea bream and sea bass, as well as on-growing bluefin tuna. Alongside these aquaculture activities, the area has a fishing fleet of 189 boats, over 80% of which are small-scale, targeting a range of species from langoustines, bream and mullet. The region also has a special management plan for species such as eel and nonnat.

In terms of challenges, the small-scale sector is poorly organised in terms of adding value and marketing. There are no Producer Organisations in the area and no quality labels for the local catch. Moreover, only one of six municipalities undertakes any fish processing. On top of this, the sector faces pressure from uncontrolled leisure fishing as well as its aging population and few new opportunities for the young within the sector.

Video of the FLAG area and strategy

Type de zone:
Bassins:
Protected areas: 

The FLAG covers 12 Natura 2000 and three marine protected areas, including the Cabo de Palos fishing reserve, designated in 2015 as Europe’s best diving location by the Cousteau Foundation.

Population
356 851
Surface area (km²)
1 245
Population density
287
Total employment in fisheries
538
Fishing: 
367
Aquaculture: 
171

FLAG strategy

The FLAG’s strategy aims to foster local socio-economic development, related both directly and indirectly to the area’s fishing and aquaculture activities. Its overarching objectives include the creation of jobs and the strengthening of social cohesion in the area, focusing on four areas in particular:

  • New jobs, added value and innovation along the fisheries and aquaculture supply chain (capture and production; processing; and marketing), especially for women and the young. 
  • Diversification and training in order to create new jobs in sectors such as tourism but also in processing and sales.
  • Fostering a quality environment and social wellbeing through the protection, rehabilitation and revitalisation of the area’s environmental assets and fisheries heritage.
  • Strengthening the role of fishing communities in the governance of its fisheries resources and maritime activities, including the promotion of cooperation between the different fishing communities in the area and actions to tackle illegal and unreported fishing.

The full strategy can be found at the following link.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
1
% of the budget allocated: 
34%
Supporting diversification
2
31%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
3
10%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
4
10%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
5
15%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
3 557 647
  • EMFF: 
    3 024 000
  • MS co-financing: 
    533 647
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional

Project examples

  • Projects to improve sales of local fisheries and aquaculture products, including short circuits
  • Support to local processing of fisheries and aquaculture products
  • Projects to improve the traceability of the local catch

Expertise & cooperation

Given their commonalities, GALPEMUR is eager to cooperate with other Mediterranean FLAGs and participate in the network of Mediterranean FLAGs, initiated in the 2007-2013 period.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
8000.00

Partnership

Accountable body: 
GALPEMUR
Members of the partnership: 

GALPEMUR is made up of 34 member organisations, including:

  • Four fishing organisations (cofradías): Cartagena, San Pedro del Pinatar, Águilas and Mazarrón
  • The regional aquaculture association
  • The regional association of fish retailers
  • Six town halls: Los Alcazares, San Pedro del Pinatar, San Javier, Mazarrón, Águilas and Cartagena
  • Seven environmental and social associations
  • Cartegena’s and Águilas’ Chambers of Commerce, Industry & Navigation; the County confederation of business organisations; the professional Association of Commerce and Industry (ACIA) and the Cartegena and County Association of Women Entrepreneurs (AMEP)
  • The Cartegena (HOSTECAR) and Costa Cálida (HOSTETUR) associations of hotels and tourist accommodation
  • The regional diving association (ACBRM), sailing association and federation of underwater   activities
  • Murcia’s Institute of Tourism
  • The Community Development Institute of Murcia
  • The Naval and Marine Technology Centre
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
34
% of fisheries actors: 
12%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
50%
% of environmental actors: 
21%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
12
% of public actors: 
17%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

Visuals

Map

Contacts du GALPA

GALPEMUR
 
Pedro Jorquera 5
Santa Lucia
30202 Cartagena (MURCIA)
Spain
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Inmaculada Torres
Phone:
+34 696 35 93 76
Languages:
  • Espagnol (Mother tongue)
  • Anglais (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
07/04/2017
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