Jammerbugt is situated in the north of the Jutland peninsula. Coastal fishing boats from the Jammerbugt area mostly operatie in the Thorup Strand (Skagerrak). At the Limfjord side of the FLAG area there are several communities with small ports which function mainly as bases for recreational fishing. There are many activities related to tourism in the wider coastal area.
The population in the entire region of North Jutland is in decline, due mainly to the migration of young people to major cities in other parts of Denmark. However, with the presence of woodlands, long coastlines, coastal cities, entrepreneurial traditions and an enterprising population, there is hope for growth in the future. Indeed, some areas, e.g. Slettestrand and Thorupstrand, both situated along the coast, are already experiencing a slight increase in the population with young families. Furthermore, the part of the municipality closest to Aalborg has recently shown signs of an increase in overall population.
The area's communities are still under threat as the villages are increasingly emptied of functions such as schools, leisure activities and jobs. At the same time, the population is aging, and many will pull out of the labour market in the coming years. The area has a need for an educational boost, since there are still less and less jobs for unskilled workers.
The Jammerbugt area includes two coastal and one inland Natura 2000 areas. The area also boasts two Ramsar areas – one at the Limfjord side, named Ulvedybet, and one Vejlerne, which borders the neighboring municipality of Thisted.
The Jammerbugt FLAG aims to produce a good environment for further growth and development in its area. The FLAG works towards making the area active and lively, creating workplaces, and supporting new initiatives related to the maritime economy and locally produced food. They also seek to make the area even more attractive to families wanting to settle as well as for tourists.
The FLAG strategy focuses on:
Boosting the image of fishing: particularly among young people; developing new activities linked to fishing and blue economy, building on the region's fishing culture and heritage.
Tourism & nature: establishing activities linking fishing to nature protection and cultural heritage; promoting a sustainable tourism offer.
Attractiveness of the area: undertaking initiatives to attract the establishment of public services in the area; supporting social, cultural and educational development.
The FLAG has supported the following initiatives:
All LAGs and FLAGs in Denmark use the online system PROMIS, and applications can be received at any time. It can be accessed on: promis.erst.dk
The Danish Managing Authority examines the applications three times a year: January, March and September indicatively.
The FLAG has experience in networking between local partners, diversification of fisheries activities, tourism related activities and new sales methods and ways of organising local coastal fisheries.
The FLAG is interested in cooperation but has no specific budget dedicated to it.
The main FLAG members are: the Coastal Culture Centre and Boatyard, local and regional administrations, local inhabitants and local fishermen.