The Aischgrund FLAG is strongly influenced by the area’s fishponds. There are currently around 7000 ponds, where approximately 1200 farmers produce 15% of the total carp production in Germany in small-scale fisheries. The carp is not only a significant economic factor but also a significant part of the ecology and the culture with a 1200-year-old tradition. The FLAG area consists of 69 cities and municipalities, as well as the 4 districts of the city of Erlangen. The Aischgrund has 280,000 inhabitants.
To secure an adequate standard of living, key challenges in the area include the development of new sources of income, e.g. to offer guided tours by the fish farmers.
In the Aischgrund FLAG area, there are 14 protected areas covering 18km2. Vogelfreistätte Weihergebiet in Mohrhof is an important protected bird area.
The FLAG intends to strengthen the area’s fisheries economy by drawing attention to the area’s fisheries activities and products. Marketing and public relations for the local fisheries will focus on events and fairs; and cooperation with the region’s local authority is also envisaged. There is also a need for cooperation and exchanges with other FLAGs, LAGs or comparable networks.
Regional (Land of Bavaria)
Project ideas for the Aischgrund FLAG include:
Project applications can be presented and are selected on a regular and ongoing basis.
The FLAG members include fishermen and representatives from the relevant municipalities, private actors, NGOs including the Federal Nature Conservation Circle Höchstadt/ Herzogenaurach, regional associations responsible for maintaining the area’s cultural and historical heritage, hotels and restaurants