The Macin Branch FLAG is in the western extremity of Tulcea county and males up roughly 12% of its total area. The Danube meadow forms the lowest part of FLAG area and comprises several wetlands which include pond and marsh habitats.
Central to the local economy is stone quarrying in the "triangle of granite” which encompasses Macin, Greci, and Turcoaia. Other industry includes wood exploitation and processing, metal processing for the automotive sector, agricultural manufacturing and traditional handicrafts. The development of small-scale fishing enterprises and services is essential to the area’s economy. The fisheries of the area include a total of 133 species, of which around 30 are exploited commercially. Fishing in the area is a traditional activity and is deep-rooted in the area’s culture.
The main challenges for the FLAG area relate to its aging population and negative net migration. This has had a strong impact on the area both socially and economically. A reduction in the economically active population has impacted the growth and rejuvenation of its fisheries sector.
The Macin Branch FLAG has six protected areas covering a total of 577km2. They are Bratul Macin, Podisul Nord Dobrogean, Muntii Macinului, Dunarea Veche Bratul Macin, Macin Niculitel and Padurea Babadag.
The FLAG strategy aims to exploits indigenous resources, supports economic growth and social well-being, strengthen the sustainable development of fisheries, stimulates investment and economic growth, create economic and social opportunities and promote both the area and the quality of life of its inhabitants.
Key priorities and objectives include:
Project examples and ideas of for the FLAG area include:
The FLAG wishes to implement cooperation projects concerning the diversification of fishing activity, tourism, exchanges of good practices related to the processing and marketing of fishery products and strengthening institutional relationships and cooperation between enterprises.
The FLAG included the Town of Macin, several communes, the Association for Supporting and Promoting Rural Initiatives (SSPRI), the Fishermen's Association of Turcoaia and SC Alcovin Ltd.