The Holderness Coast fisheries is a small scale coastal fisheries area specialising in crab and lobster. It is a vibrant industry which continues to grow and develop in the context of a struggling coastal economy traditionally dependant on seaside tourism.
Most of the products are exported to France, Spain and Portugal so the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU represents a potential threat to the industry as does the impact of very large off-shore wind farms. An ageing population also presents a challenge.
Four Marine Conservation Zones have been designated in the area. The FLAG district also hosts within it the Humber Estuary which is a European Marine Site of significant national and international importance for marine wildlife.
The FLAG strategy has four priorities: to strengthen the fisheries sector to become more sustainable; to facilitate growth and diversification; to encourage growth in supporting sectors, and to improve marine and coastal environments. There is a particular focus on developing the domestic market for local products and adding value.
Project examples include:
No specific deadlines – continuing open call
The FLAG has experience in seafood festivals, business support, developing tourism linked to fishing and maritime heritage. It is willing to share expertise.
The FLAG membership includes Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, the Bridlington Shellfish Co. Ltd., Sirius Business Advice and Training, Holderness Coast Fisihing Industry Group, Coastal Shellfish Ltd., Hornsea Area Rennaissance Partnership, Withernsea & Soouthern Holderness Area Regeneration Partnership, Bridlington Renaissance Partnership, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, RNLI Bridlington, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, NEIFCA, the University of Hull, Natural England and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).