FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Istria FLAG

Official name: 
LAS Istre
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
SI201
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

The coastal area of Slovenia includes the coastal part of four municipalities: Ankaran, Izola, Koper, Piran, which border the Gulf of Trieste in the northernmost part of the Adriatic Sea. The Slovenian coastline measures only 46.6 km and the total value of the catch here represents only 0.01% of national GDP. However, the fishing sector is very important for the area’s economy and the preservation of workplaces, culture, traditions and local identity.

The Slovenian fishing fleet consist of 169 vessels, of which 91% do not exceed 12m. They are mostly involved in small-scale coastal fishing. The most frequent fishing equipment is static gear which used to catch demersal species. However, Slovenian fishermen also catch migratory fish species (sardines, anchovies, sprats). The number of enterprises in the fisheries sector is relatively high; in 2014, 85 legal entities were registered with 149 employees. Most of the catch is sold directly to regular customers (processing industry, commercial agents) in Slovenia and Italy, part of it is sold at the Trieste fish market in Italy. In the area of the Istra LAG there are also two freshwater fish farms.

The fishing sector is in decline; despite a high-quality catch, its consumption in Slovenia is low and most of it ends up on the Italian market. Since Slovenia’s independence, the catch area is limited to the national sea and since its entry to the EU market there is strong competition. The number of active fishermen and jobs in the sector has decreased, the average age of fishing fleet is relatively high. There is a lack of investments in the sector, and a lack of diversification and connection with other sectors. Some fishermen are engaged in other activities, such as tourism.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

Natura 2000, Landscape park Strunjan, Landscape park Sečovlje saltpans, natural monument Debeli rtič, natural monument Cape Madona, Škocjanski zatok natural reserve

Population
87 883
Surface area (km²)
384
Population density
229
Total employment in fisheries
149
Fishing: 
125
Aquaculture: 
24

FLAG strategy

The 2014-2020 strategy of Istra LAG identified several key development potentials in connection to fisheries including sustainable tourism and the development of short supply-chains with high-quality local products.

The development in the area is based on:

  • sustainable fisheries and aquaculture,
  • improvements to infrastructure,
  • diversification outside the fishing sector,
  • adding value to fisheries products,
  • and the development of a trademark for Slovenian Istria’s products (common for agriculture, fisheries and tourism).
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
Supporting diversification
5
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
3
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
3
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
4

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
2 046 000
  • EMFF: 
    1 534 500
  • MS co-financing: 
    511 500
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

  • Funds: 
    EAFRD
    ERDF

Project examples

Creating a link between touristic and gastronomic providers operating in the area and raising the quality of the service through the strengthening of connections, partnership and creation of conditions for entrepreneurship.

  • Strengthening the fisheries identity within the area
  • Preserving the natural environment and increasing the biodiversity of the Slovenian marine environment. Removing abandoned fishing gear, identifying contaminated sites and cleaning them.
  • Development of sustainable tourism in the fisheries sector
  • Establishing a modern didactic professional center on maritime heritage, traditional Istrian vessels and the original fishery of this area.

Calls for proposals

The first call for EMFF for selection of projects was published in March 2017. The calls are published on the LAG’s web page: www.las-istre.si.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG is interested in cooperation within Slovenia and transnational cooperation, in particular with the neighbouring countries. In September 2016 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with Italian and Croatian FLAGs for cooperation in the fisheries sector. Within the local development strategy one inter-territorial cooperation project was proposed (topic: “Evaluation of fish products”).

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
9350.00

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

There are 137 members from public, private/economic and civil sector. Four members are representatives of municipalities. Other members include farmers, fishermen, tourism businesses and NGOs, e.g. societies for sustainable development, limited liability companies, chambers, individuals and educational institutions.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
137
% of fisheries actors: 
25%
% of public authorities and other: 
36%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
25%
% of environmental actors: 
14%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
11
% of public actors: 
36%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
3,00

Visuals

Map

FLAG Contacts

LAS Istre
 
Ulica 15. Maja 19
6000 Koper
Slovenia
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Giuliano Nemarnik
Phone:
+386 5 663 75 80
FLAG President:
Mr. Andrej Medved
Languages:
  • Slovenian (Mother tongue)
  • English (Advanced)
  • Italian (Advanced)
Publication date: 
12/09/2017
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