The FLAG covers the administrative region of Middle Franconia, the largest rural district in Bavaria. Ansbach is the main city in the area which is situated 25 miles southwest of Nuernberg, 90 miles north of Munich and is near the Franconian Lake District.
The FLAG territory comprises over 3 200 ponds and covers a total area of 7km2. Many of the ponds have been used for centuries in what is a longstanding tradition of carp production in the area. Nowadays, most of the carp production in the area is conducted by farmers as a supplementary income. Creating a viable market for the carp, both locally and further afield, is a challenge to the FLAG area. As are diversifying fisheries activities into what is a growing tourism industry in the area.
Several of the area’s ponds are protected on a national and EU level.
The FLAG strategy is focused on the diversification of the area’s fisheries and pond farming traditions into other sectors such as gastronomy and tourism. Key objectives within the strategy are:
Projects examples and ideas for the FLAG include:
The FLAG does not issue any specific calls and projects can be submitted on an ad-hoc basis. More information on the application process can be found on the FLAG website: www.karpfenland-romantisches-franken.de
The FLAG has significant experience in privately funded projects. The FLAG is willing to share this experience with neighbouring FLAGs and on a national and international level.