Halland is a coastal area characterised by many sandy beaches, rockfaces, lakes and rivers. In the northern part of the FLAG area is the archipelago, which is largely protected by nature reserves. The coast is of great importance to regions tourism industry and is considered an attractive area for re-settlement and holiday homes.
Prominent lakes in the area include Bolmen, Lygnern, Unnen, Fegen and Färgensjöarna and the Lagan, Nissan, Ätran and Viskan rivers flow through the territory before merging in the Kattegatt outlet. Excessive fishing and environmental issues such as acidification in the Kattegatt have impacted fisheries in the area. Salmon stocks have almost disappeared, and cod and flatfish stocks have decreased drastically. Common catches include herring, mackerel, lobster, crab, langoustine, shrimp and lumpfish.
Halland has an active sports fishing tradition and is famous for salmon and trout fishing. The area has many sites suitable for developing inland and coastal fisheries. The tourism industry is an important part of regions business community. Challenges for the FLAG area include depleted fishing stocks which have been severely affected by the degradation of the natural environment and excessive fishing. The local fishing industry is very important for the area but has undergone major changes in recent decades and adaptation is a challenge.
The FLAG territory includes several protected nature conservation areas, protected landscapes and migratory bird habitats, many of which are Natura 2000 sites.
The FLAG strategy supports initiatives which focus on the following four core themes:
National and regional.
Project proposals can be submitted and are selected on an ongoing basis. More information can be found on the FLAG website.
The FLAG is interested in cooperation projects with other FLAGs in projects related to adding value to fisheries, the diversification of products and tourism. We are also interested in projects that work to elevate the cultural importance of coastal small-scale fishing and projects that highlight environmental challenges associated with the sea.
FLAG members come from a wide range of backgrounds including representatives from different associations and organisations, several representatives from the private, non-profit and public sector, politicians, representatives from the local municipalities water associations and fisheries associations.