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FLAG Factsheet

Masurian Sea FLAG

Official name: 
Lokalna Grupa Działania "Mazurskie Morze"
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
PL218
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG is located in the Masurian Lakes region in north-eastern Poland. This area has a very high number of lakes – over 300, with a total surface of over 27 000 hectares, including the largest Polish lake, Śniardwy. Inland fishing is an important sector, with five large producers combining fish farming with the sale of angling permits. The total fish production in the area is 372.5 tons per year: this includes mainly carp, bream, roach, and vendace, as well as highly-valued species such as eel, pike, perch and pikeperch. Most of the fish is sold locally to locals and tourists.

Until recently, the economy of the area was focused mainly on tourism, but this has led to too much dependence on a single sector and high seasonality of incomes, which resulted in depopulation and economic decline. An additional challenge is the deterioration of water quality, which raises the costs of fish farming and discourages anglers.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The Masurian Landscape Park covers nearly 54 000 ha of the FLAG area, including over 18 000 ha of lakes; there are also 16 natural reserves and many Natura 2000 areas.

Population
86 698
Surface area (km²)
2 825
Population density
29
Total employment in fisheries
100
Fishing: 
89
Processing: 
12
Women employment in fisheries: 
15

FLAG strategy

To address the challenge of excessive dependence on a single sector (tourism), the FLAG strategy will support diversification of the economy and increasing incomes, both within and outside the fisheries sector.

They also hope to support new technologies in fish production and the development of products and services based on local assets, including high quality fish products (although fish producers are concerned about the high sanitary requirements they must meet). The FLAG also aims to increase environmental awareness in the area.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
3
% of the budget allocated: 
13%
Supporting diversification
4
24%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
3
10%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
5
52%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
1

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
2 220 500
  • EMFF: 
    1 887 425
  • MS co-financing: 
    333 075
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

  • Multi-funding: 

    The FLAG also accesses EAFRD funding (LEADER) which will be used mainly to develop entrepreneurship (new and existing business development) and create jobs. There will also be some projects to develop non-commercial infrastructure for culture and tourism, to maintain and promote cultural heritage and increase environmental awareness.

  • Funds: 
    EAFRD

Project examples

  • Developing a fish processing plant
  • Diversification of fisheries activities into a sailing station
  • Building a fish hatchery to increase the income of a fish farm

Calls for proposals

There will be calls for projects, the first calls are planned in the first quarter of 2017. 

Expertise & cooperation

  • The FLAG has experience in developing package tourist products for inland fisheries, implementation of cooperation projects with multiple partners, and the organisation of promotional events.
  • The FLAG is interested in developing the Northern Fisheries Trail (cooperation projects with several FLAGs from northern Poland) and in an exchange of experience on issues important for the fishing sector.
  • In the future, it is hoped to develop improvements along the Northern Fisheries Trail, including the construction of an Adventure Park promoting cultural heritage of the fishing communities of the region.
Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
111025.00

Partnership

Accountable body: 
Lokalna Grupa Działania 'Mazurskie Morze'
Members of the partnership: 

19 entities represent the public sector, including municipalities, counties, research institutes, and cultural institutions. The largest number of FLAG members comes from the social sector (76 partners, of which 56 are individuals, the others are NGOs, churches, farmers’ organisations etc.). The business sector (26 members) is represented mainly by SMEs, as well as fishermen and farmers.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
121
% of fisheries actors: 
8%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
76%
% of environmental actors: 
1%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
15
% of public actors: 
27%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
4,00

Visuals

Map

FLAG Contacts

Lokalna Grupa Działania 'Mazurskie Morze'
 
Leśna 22
12-250 Orzysz
Poland
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Dariusz Kizling
Phone:
+48 87 423 85 20
FLAG President:
Mr. Rafał Grusznis
Languages:
  • Polish (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
01/06/2017
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