FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

La Safor FLAG

Official name: 
Grupo Acción Local del Sector Pesquero La Safor
Country:
Code: 
ES223
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Territoire

The FLAG area consists of four municipalities (Catarroja, Silla, Gandía and El Palmar) which belong to the coastal regions of Ciudad de Valencia, La Safor and l’Horta Sud.

 

The tourism industry represents 76% of the FLAG area’s economic activity. In contrast, fisheries and aquaculture only account for 5% of the region’s total employment. Over a five-year period, fishing activities have reduced, and the number of active fishing vessels has fallen by nearly 3%. While the types and size of fishing vessels vary, many vessels are small-scale trawlers and account for almost 85% of area’s fishing activity. Common catches in the FLAG territory include anchovy, sardine, octopus, red mullet, hake and shrimp.

 

Socially, the fisheries sector is currently going through a difficult phase, presenting a challenge to the FLAG area. Additionally, due to the region’s economy being dominated by the service and tourism sectors – the diversification of fisheries activities is also a challenge. Particularly when trying to maintain and preserve the area’s fisheries traditions and maritime heritage.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The FLAG has several protected areas under the conservation of the Natura 2000 Network including the Safor’s dunes, the Albufera Natural Park and the Safor’s marshes.

Population
122 522
Surface area (km²)
102
Population density
1 202
Total employment in fisheries
1 084
Fishing: 
31
Aquaculture: 
32
Processing: 
1 021

Stratégie du GALPA

The FLAG’s local development strategy is focused on promoting employment in the territory, generating synergies for the sustainable development of fisheries, and the preservation of the territory's heritage and resources.

More specifically, the strategy aims to:

  • Boost the competitiveness of the fisheries sector.
  • Enhance the living standards of people working in fisheries.
  • Promote and increase the added value of local fisheries products.
  • Support the professional diversification of workers in the region’s fisheries sector.
  • Promote the area’s maritime and cultural heritage.
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
4
% of the budget allocated: 
30%
Supporting diversification
5
40%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
2
7%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
3
20%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
1
3%

Financement

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 466 064
  • EMFF: 
    1 099 548
  • MS co-financing: 
    366 516
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional

Exemples de projet

Projects examples and ideas for the FLAG include the following:

  • A gender study on the fisheries in Gandía and La Albufera.
  • The development of a new restaurant in Gandía Port's fish auction. 

Calls for proposals

Calls for projects are made annually and are published on the FLAG website: 

Partenariat

Accountable body: 
COMUNIDAD DE PESCADORES DE EL PALMAR
Members of the partnership: 

La Safor FLAG is made up of 54 member organisations, including:

  • The town halls of Gandía, Valencia, Catarroja and Silla.
  • The University of Valencia.
  • Federation of Associations of La Safor’s Businessmen.
  • The fishing organisation (‘cofradías’) of Gandía.
  • El Palmar’s hunters club
  • Associations for employers, women, ship owners and small-scale fisheries.
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
59
% of fisheries actors: 
49%
% of public authorities and other: 
20%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
29%
% of environmental actors: 
2%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
10
% of public actors: 
30%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

Visuels

Carte

FLAG Contacts

COMUNIDAD DE PESCADORES DE EL PALMAR
 
Caudete 13
46012 El Palmar (Valencia)
Spain
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Amparo Aleixandre
FLAG President:
Mr. José Caballer Torrent
Languages:
  • Spanish (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
12/09/2017
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