Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

La Sidra FLAG

Official name: 
ADRI Comarca de la Sidra
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The Sidra FLAG, located in the mid-eastern part of Asturias, consists of five municipalities: Colunga, Bimenes, Cabranes, Nava and Villaviciosa. The area spans 570km2 which is approximately 5% of the Asturian region.


The area has a strong tourism sector, which represents nearly 70% of its economic activity. Fisheries account for only 14% of the regional economy. The local fishing fleet is small, comprising just 25 inshore fishing vessels with a total crew of roughly 80 fishermen. Fishing activities are mainly concentrated in the ports of Lastres and Tazones. In Lastres, larger vessels operate purse seine, longline and gillnet methods, while in Tazones the fleets are predominantly small-scale. In Tazones, more than half of the catches are crustaceans and molluscs, although other high-value species such as red mullet or sea bass are also commonplace. The larger purse-seine and longline vessels in Lastres are focused more on pelagic species, among which the “xarda” and the hake stand out, although the “pixín” or red mullet are also noteworthy.


Challenges for the FLAG area include a lack of diversification in the fisheries sector. As the tourism sector grows, the region’s fisheries risk being left behind. As such, the area’s maritime heritage and traditions may also be diluted and forgotten if they are not incorporated into the area’s tourism offering. Such concerns are central to the FLAG’s local development strategy.    

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The FLAG’s protected areas are in the coastal municipalities of Colunga and Villaviciosa. They are the Lloviu cave, the Villaviciosa estuary, and the Sueve mountains.

18 389
Surface area (km²)
Population density
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FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy aims to:

  • Promote environmental heritage and maritime culture as well as the integrated management of the marine environment.
  • Prevent and reverse the decline of region’s fisheries.
  • Support the search and creation of new markets and businesses opportunities in the fisheries sector.
  • Improve the area’s fisheries processing sector.
  • Diversify fisheries activities into new markets. This includes diversifying the activities of fishermen and developing new skillsets. Further information on this FLAG to follow.


Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 500 000
  • EMFF: 
    1 125 000
  • MS co-financing: 
    375 000
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  • Multi-funding: 

    There is a coordinated management of CLLD under both the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). However, there is a separate strategy for each programme.

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Project examples

Projects examples and ideas for the FLAG include the following:

  • Improving pedestrian pathways – making them more attractive to tourists.
  • Drafting a guide on marine tourism to be used in the town hall of Colunga.
  • Establishing a traditional canning factory for processing local fish.

Calls for proposals

The FLAG makes an annual call for projects. Further information on the application process and deadlines can be found via the following website 


Accountable body: 
ADRI la Sidra
Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG is made up of 37 member organisations which include:

  • The town halls of Colunga, Bimenes, Cabranes, Nava and Villaviciosa.
  • The community of municipalities of La Sidra.
  • The fishing organisations (‘cofradías’) of San Miguel de Tazones and Santa María de Sádaba de Lastres.
  • The Asturian net mending association.
  • The Asturian associations for employers.
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FLAG Contacts

ADRI la Sidra
Avda.del Deporte nº 3 Entresuelo
33330 Villaviciosa
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Carlos Moreno Fernandez
+34 985 89 32 23
  • Spanish (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
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