FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Fiches FLAG

Lapland FLAG

Official name: 
Lapin kalatalouden toimintaryhmä
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
FI207
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

Lapland is the northernmost part of the EU. During long winters (usually six months) the lakes are covered with a 60-80 cm thick layer of ice. Short summers are busy with nights illuminated by the midnight sun.

The population density is very low, and the number of inhabitants is declining in most areas. The unemployment rates are high, between 13-18%. Tourism is flourishing, however, providing a growing market for local products.

Around 10% of the population is employed in primary production (forestry, farming, reindeer husbandry, fisheries) and there is significant potential to develop fisheries due to the abundance of fish stocks in the area’s lakes, a good demand for fish, and excellent water quality. The challenge is recruiting young people into the fisheries sector.

In the FLAG, there are 100 registered fishermen of whom 40 are full-time professionals, three fish processing companies, and three aquaculture companies. The demand for high quality freshwater fish is very good but the main challenge for fishermen is to increase the volume produced and to provide a reliable delivery system.

Type de zone:
Bassins:
Protected areas: 

River Tornionjoki, running in the western part of the area and forming the border between Finland and Sweden, is protected by the Natura2000 directive. There are also some spatial and temporal fishing restrictions to protect migrating salmonid species all over the area. Some of the large national parks and nature reserves are protected wilderness areas.

Population
27 400
Surface area (km²)
35 579
Population density
1
Total employment in fisheries
100
Fishing: 
80
Aquaculture: 
10
Transformation: 
10
Women employment in fisheries: 
5

FLAG strategy

The main objectives of the strategy are to improve the profitability and viability of the fisheries sector and to maximise the sustainable exploitation of fisheries resources. With an ageing workforce, the average age of fishermen being ca. 55 years in some areas, it is essential to attract young people into fisheries in order to secure the future of the sector.

More specifically, the strategy will aim to:

  • Strengthen cooperation in marketing and in developing fishing techniques;
  • Develop local infrastructure (e.g. processing facilities for fish);
  • Improve the attractiveness of employment in the fisheries sector (e.g. by promoting new sources of income like fishing tourism);

Increase the professional skills of fishermen (e.g. in fish processing and in business economics).

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
37%
Supporting diversification
4
30%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
1
0%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
1
0%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
5
33%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
983 000
  • EMFF: 
    409 500
  • MS co-financing: 
    573 500
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National €465 500 and municipal €108 000

  • Multi-funding: 

    Planned private funding €539 000. 

  • Funds: 
    Other(s)

Project examples

  • Training course for young people interested in starting a professional career in fishing (cooperation with employment agencies, municipalities and education centres);
  • Training in fish processing for fishermen using new facilities (fishermen’s cooperatives, advisory organisations, education centres);
  • Study trips within the FLAG area for fishermen, as fishermen have different fishing methods in different parts of the area (fishermen’s cooperatives).

Calls for proposals

Projects can be presented and selected on an ongoing basis.

Expertise & cooperation

The fishermen in Lapland have developed efficient and cost-effective fishing techniques, both for the winter and the open water season.

The fish caught in Lapland is well-known for its high quality, as the fishermen handle the fish properly along the whole chain, from lake to market.

There are also some well-functioning fishermen’s cooperatives. 

Fishermen in this area would be interested in learning how tourism can be combined with fisheries in the most profitable way.

Type of cooperation projects foreseen: Transnational, to share our expertise in fishing techniques and fish processing with other inland FLAGs.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
40000.00

Partnership

Accountable body: 
Pohjoisimman Lapin Leader ry
Members of the partnership: 
  • Municipalities of Inari, Sodankylä, Kemijärvi and Pello;
  • Lapland Fisheries Advisory Organisation;
  • Four fishermen’s cooperatives in all four municipalities (The Arctic Char of Aurora Borealis Area,  Lokka Nature Resources Cooperative, The Wild Trout of Lapland  and the fishermen’s cooperative of Pello); and
  • The Sámi Education Centre.  
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
10
% of fisheries actors: 
40%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
20%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
10
% of public actors: 
10%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

Visuals

Map

Contacts du GALPA

Pohjoisimman Lapin Leader ry
 
Sairaalantie 3 b
99800 Ivalo
Finland
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Markku Ahonen
Phone:
+358 40 7046094
Languages:
  • Finlandais (Mother tongue)
  • Anglais (Advanced)
  • Suédois (Advanced)
Publication date: 
25/12/2016
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