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FLAG Factsheet

Inland fishing Mecklenburg Lake District FLAG

Official name: 
LAG Mecklenburgische Seenplatte
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
DE227
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG area comprises a large part of the rural and sparsely populated Mecklenburg Lake District, which is characterised by vast interlinked inland waterways, many of which are protected areas.

The fishing activities in the Mecklenburg Lakes follow a longstanding tradition and play an important economic and historical role in the area. In addition to larger companies on the Müritz Lake such as Müritzfischer, there are fifteen smaller enterprises whose future survival depends on the diversification of their product range and outputs. However, the fishing sector workforce is in decline due to unattractive working conditions, the rising costs of consumables and equipment and growing legal regulations, which make fisheries work difficult. Fishing and angling associations also play an important role in keeping and maintaining the lakes, ponds and fish stocks.

The main challenges for the FLAG are:

  • Improving the competitiveness and economic performance of inland fisheries. For example, product extensions, diversification measures and the development and modernisation of fishing yards, boats and machinery. 
  • The preservation of the area’s natural environment. This includes the enhancement of biodiversity and ecosystem services, the protection, management and restoration of fishing stocks and the monitoring of the area’s Natura 2000 sites.
  • Job creation and the development of young talent. This includes the development of vocational training and education programs, the preservation of existing jobs and the creation of new ones, diversification measures and developing the attractiveness of the profession for women.
Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

Most of the FLAG’s territory is protected including the following areas: Müritz-Nationalpark, Naturpark Nossentiner/ Schwinzer Heide, Naturpark Flusslandschaft Peenetal, Naturpark Mecklenburgische Schweiz und Kummerower See and Naturpark Feldberger Seenlandschaft.

Population
228 871
Surface area (km²)
4 402
Population density
52
Total employment in fisheries
150
Women employment in fisheries: 
50

FLAG strategy

The FLAG’s strategic objectives are:

  • Promoting a resource-efficient, environmentally sustainable, innovative, competitive, knowledge-based fisheries sector. This includes strengthening competitiveness, technological progress, resource efficiencies and preserving/protecting the environment.
  • Increase employment and territorial cohesion (including diversification in the fisheries sector, promotion of social inclusion, retention and creation of jobs and vocational training programs)
  • The development and promotion of new markets through better marketing and increased investment.
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
Supporting diversification
5
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
5
100%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
5
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
5

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
803 921
  • EMFF: 
    683 333
  • MS co-financing: 
    120 588
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional (State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

Project examples

Projects examples and ideas for the FLAG include:

  • The modernisation of the fish restaurant of the fishing cooperative Müritzfischer (Fischer´s Küche).
  • An education trail and play-park around the Boek fishponds and the development of teaching materials for schools about fisheries and career opportunities.
  • The development of lakes and fishponds (including slit clearance, fish stocking (new populations) and new dams.

Calls for proposals

The FLAG calls for projects twice a year.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG has a general interest in cooperating with other neighbouring FLAGs and nationally.

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG is composed of representatives of public administration as well as stakeholders involved in fisheries, agriculture, tourism, industry, craftsmanship, nature conservation, the employment market and politics.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
19
% of fisheries actors: 
17%
% of public authorities and other: 
39%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
39%
% of environmental actors: 
5%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
18
% of public actors: 
33%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
0,25

Map

FLAG Contacts

Landkreis Mecklenburgische Seenplatte
 
Zum Amtsbrink 2
17192 Waren
Germany
FLAG President:
Mr. Matthias Schmidt
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Dagmar Wilisch
Phone:
+49 395 570872207
Languages:
  • German (Mother tongue)
  • English (Basic)
  • Spanish (Basic)
Publication date: 
01/09/2017
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