Ibiza and Formentera, known as the Pitiusas Islands, are located at the western edge the Balearic archipelago, in the Mediterranean Sea. The economy of Ibiza and Formentera is characterised by a notable tourism sector. As a result, the fisheries sector only accounts for 0.9% of the local economy. Fisheries on the islands are divided into two fleets, nine trawling vessels fleet and 29 small-scale vessels. Common catches include hake, red mullet, prawns and lobster.
In recent years the fishing fleets, and the industry have been in decline which is a challenge to the FLAG area. Additionally, the sector has an ageing population with many workers over the age of 50 and few under the age of 30. The age of the region’s fisheries workforce is a challenge to the FLAG’s strategic objectives.
The FLAG area covers 170km2 of protected areas, of which, 106km2 are marine protected areas.
The FLAG strategy aims to promote the sustainable development of the area’s fishing sector through innovation, diversification and integrated coastal management.
Specific objectives include:
Calls for projects are made annually and are published on the FLAG website
The Ibiza FLAG is made up of 19 member organisations, including the town halls of San Antoni de Portmany, Ibiza, Formentera and Sant Joan de Labritja; the fishing organisations (‘cofradías’) of Sant Antoni de Portmany, Formentera, and Ibiza; the community of municipalities of Ibiza, and several associations for employers, women, ship owners and small-scale fisheries.