FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Fiches FLAG

Hastings FLAG

Official name: 
The Hastings FLAG
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
UK212
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

Hastings fishing fleet is a small-scale beach launched fleet predominantly made up of boats under ten metres in length. The fishing techniques are generally selective. It is a mixed fishery, but the main species caught are cod, skate, plaice and sole. Hastings consists of 16 wards and the fishing fleet is based in Old Hastings.

The 2015 Index of Multiple Deprivation ranked Hastings as the 20th most deprived local authority area in England. Many fishermen live in the neighbouring wards of Tressel and Ore which are amongst the most deprived in the country, so it is important to focus on community led development with a bottom-up approach.

Type de zone:
Bassins:
Protected areas: 

Within the Hastings borough, there are eight designated nature reserves including Hastings Country Park Local Nature reserve (345 hectares) which borders the fishing beach. Hastings Cliffs are a designated site of Special Area of Conservation.

Population
90 300
Surface area (km²)
30
Population density
3 038
Total employment in fisheries
98
Fishing: 
75
Transformation: 
23
Women employment in fisheries: 
10

FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy seeks to create a sustainable fleet and supply chain, protect the environment and the fleet through business and scientific research and develop the identity of ‘the place’ through education, economic and brand development. Through these themes, it is hoped to create new jobs, secure existing jobs and increase net profits directly relating to the industry.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
43%
Supporting diversification
1
5%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
3
22%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
2
10%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
4
20%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 996 303
  • EMFF: 
    1 090 437
  • MS co-financing: 
    905 866
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

  • Funds: 
    ERDF
    ESF
    Other(s)

Project examples

Proposed ideas include:

  • Developing Hastings fish branding and marketing
  • A scientific research project around cuttlefish
  • A junior chef academy working with education providers, young people and chefs to educate children about local fish
  • A marine litter project

Calls for proposals

The call for projects is on an ongoing basis. Information is available on the FLAG website.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG has experience in seafood tourism and education through events such as fish festivals and the setting up of a cookery school. The last FLAG period also saw a boat building restoration project, work with young people and improved infrastructure. The FLAG is willing to share all of this experience.

They are particularly interested in cooperation in aquaculture.

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG membership includes individual fishermen, a fishermen’s association, a fish market representative, a charity; Hastings Voluntary Action, a Councillor (local authority) the Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society, Jerwood Gallery, Hastings Voluntary Action, the RNLI, the University of Brighton, MMO, Hastings Fish market Enterprise, Shipwreck Heritage Museum, Education Futures Trust, Hastings Fishermen’s Museum, IFCA, Billingsgate Seafood Training, Rock- a- Nore Fisheries (Fish mongers), East Hastings Sea Angling Association and the Old Town Preservation Society.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
7
% of fisheries actors: 
40%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
30%
% of environmental actors: 
20%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
20
% of public actors: 
23%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
2,00

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Contacts du GALPA

Hastings Borough Council
 
Breeds Place
TN34 3UY Hastings
United Kingdom
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Rosie Leech
Phone:
+44 1424 451796
Publication date: 
02/10/2017
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