FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Fiches FLAG

Lake Võrtsjärve FLAG

Official name: 
MTÜ Võrtsjärve Kalanduspiirkond
Country:
Code: 
EE207
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

Lake Võrtsjärv is the second largest lake in the Baltic countries and the largest lake in Estonia. It is a shallow and turbid eutrophic lake with a mean depth of 2.8m and a maximum depth of 6m. The water level of the lake can change by about 1.4m annually which is the main factor influencing the ecology of the lake. The lake is covered with ice, on average, 130 days a year (from the end of November until mid-April) and there are several small islands the southern part of the lake. The reeds and spiked watermilfoil are expanding across the lake due to anthropogenic eutrophication (water pollution caused by excessive plant nutrients).

Total catches in the FLAG area have fallen in recent years which is a challenge. This is due, in large, to a decline in consumer demands for smaller bream. As a result, smaller fish (predominantly bream) are often returned to the lake. Seasonal fluctuations in the lakes water levels have a significant impact on fish stocks, presenting another key challenge to the area.

Type de zone:
Bassins:
Protected areas: 

The Lake Võrtsjärv FLAG area is a proposed Natura 2000 Special Protection Area (SPA) and Special Area for Conservation (SAC). A total of 213 bird species have been recorded in Lake Võrtsjärv, among them, 138 have been found to breed in the area. 

Population
24 240
Surface area (km²)
2 424
Population density
10
Total employment in fisheries
296
Fishing: 
143
Aquaculture: 
10
Transformation: 
143
Women employment in fisheries: 
20

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 316 920
  • EMFF: 
    987 690
  • MS co-financing: 
    329 230
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

Project examples

FLAG project examples and ideas include:

  • Training and development programmes for local entrepreneurs.
  • The development of tourism activities in coastal areas which relate to the regions historical and cultural heritage and its protected areas.
  • The development of marketing activities for fishery products.

The promotion of innovative processing for fisheries products.

Calls for proposals

Calls for projects are issued twice a year in September and April. All calls for projects are published on the FLAG website: www.vortskalandus.ee

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG hopes to promote the exchange of knowledge and experience at a national level, to support the initiation of cooperation, and to arrange training programmes for those interested. The activities of the network promote the exchange of information at local, national and EU levels.

Examples of recent projects include:

  • Product development and marketing training using a research field visit to Scotland.
  • A food fair in Tallinn.
  • A fish and handicraft fair at Lake Võrtsjärv.
Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
127164.00

Partnership

Accountable body: 
Võrtsjärve Kalanduspiirkond MTÜ
Members of the partnership: 

FLAG members include the territories municipalities, fishermen, entrepreneurs, fisheries companies, local NGOs and other private companies in the area.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
52
% of fisheries actors: 
60%
% of public authorities and other: 
4%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
36%
% of environmental actors: 
0%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
4
% of public actors: 
0%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
2,00

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Contacts du GALPA

Võrtsjärve Kalanduspiirkond MTÜ
 
Urinurga talu, Suure-Rakke küla, Rannu vald
61113 Tartu maakond
Estonia
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Jaanika Kaljuvee
Phone:
+372 529 8561
Languages:
  • Estonien (Mother tongue)
  • Anglais (Advanced)
Publication date: 
05/09/2017
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