FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Fiches FLAG

Jūrkante FLAG

Official name: 
Biedrība ‘Jūrkante’
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
LV206
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The Jūrkante FLAG is situated in the northern part of Latvia and stretches for about 61 km along the Gulf of Riga coast, from Skulte to Ainaži. The FLAG covers two towns (Ainaži, Salacgrīva) and two municipalities made up of six parishes (Ainaži, Salacgrīva, Liepupe, Pāle, Skulte and Viļķene).

The unemployment rate in the FLAG area is 3.6% (2014), which is well below the national average (10.8%) and continues to decline.

There are three small ports in the area, which have a strong tradition of fishing and fish processing. One large processing company operates in the area and provides 75 % of the sector’s employment.

The area is characterized by its rich biodiversity, with a significant number of protected areas such as the Stony Beach of Vidzeme, the meadows of Randa, the Salaca River Valley and the North Biosphere Reserve. These areas are renowned for their natural landscapes and scenery, like the Ainaži northern pier, the cliffs of Veczemes and the Salaca river.

The FLAG area is also well known for its cultural events, such as the Lamprey Festival, the Festival of “Herring Eaters” and the Sea Festival.

Challenges facing the area include population loss and a decline in the number of coastal fishermen. Currently there are only a few young fishermen involved in small scale fishing activities. Enterprise and business development in the area is also negatively affected by global competition, as well as the limited purchasing power of the local population. The Russian embargo on European fish products in 2014 has also had a significant impact on the local fisheries sector and continues to affect communities along the coast.

Type de zone:
Bassins:
Protected areas: 

There are twenty protected areas including the North Vidzeme Biosphere Reserve, the Salaca River Valley, the meadows of Randa, the Stony Beach of Vidzeme and the Vitrupe River Valley. 

Population
10 091
Surface area (km²)
752
Population density
13
Total employment in fisheries
542
Fishing: 
51
Transformation: 
491

FLAG strategy

The fisheries CLLD strategy focuses on strengthening competitiveness and boosting business development within the fisheries sector, as well as on promoting the use of local natural resources to create business opportunities, and preserving the fisheries cultural heritage.

More specifically, the FLAG strategy aims to:

  • Develop and diversify the fisheries sector and reduce the negative effects of seasonality;
  • Protect and strengthen environmental resources and contribute to mitigating climate change;
  • Promote fisheries areas and improve cultural infrastructure.
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
4
% of the budget allocated: 
10%
Supporting diversification
4
10%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
4
40%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
5
40%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 114 200
  • EMFF: 
    947 069
  • MS co-financing: 
    167 130
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

  • Multi-funding: 

    EAFRD – €619 161 including national co-financing of 68%.

  • Funds: 
    EAFRD

Project examples

  • Preservation and promotion of old fishing traditions (restoration and set-up of fisheries related museums, training for young fishermen – establish a school of artisan crafts, etc.);
  • Diversification of the fisheries sector (equipment for producing smoked fish, equipment for processing and packaging fish, etc.);
  • Eco-friendly use of natural resources (purchase and installation of solar panels and wind energy generators for use in guest houses or other small enterprises in the coastal area, etc.).

Calls for proposals

The FLAG organises calls for projects once a year.

The deadline for the first call for projects was the 18th of May 2016.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG is interested in exploring two cooperation ideas:

  • Sustainable development of coastal areas - development of infrastructure (cycling routes) - with Estonia;
  • Transfer of fishing traditions, exchange of experience - with Estonia and Finland.

No budget has been defined for cooperation.

Partnership

Accountable body: 
Biedrība ‘Jūrkante’
Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG board (decision-making body) consists of thirteen members, but all forty-five members of the FLAG are actively involved.

The board consists of three representatives of the public sector (municipalities) and ten representatives of the private/NGO sector. The private sector is represented by five fishermen and two farmers. There are three NGO representatives, including one youth representative and two representatives of women interests’ associations.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
45
% of fisheries actors: 
38%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
38%
% of environmental actors: 
0%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
13
% of public actors: 
24%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

Visuals

Map

Contacts du GALPA

Biedrība ‘Jūrkante’
 
Smilšu iela 9
4033 Salacgrīva novads
Latvia
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Dzintra Eizenberga
Phone:
+371 29 427 095
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Sandija Kauliņa
Phone:
+371 22010977
FLAG President:
Mr. Juris Zālītis
Languages:
  • Letton (Mother tongue)
  • Anglais (Advanced)
Publication date: 
27/12/2016
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