Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Mediterranean Pyrenees FLAG

Official name: 
Pays Pyrénées-Méditerranée
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The coastal area of the Mediterranean Pyrenees is defined by the presence of and connections between the land and sea, resulting in a remarkable geological, environmental and economic landscape. The area boasts strong tourist attractiveness, cultural and gastronomical traditions, and unique environmental assets which are monitored closely by local and national scientific research institutions.

Small-scale fisheries play a defining role in the area’s identity, with the fishing community being represented by two “Prud’homies” (a fishing organization specific to the Mediterranean), the Barcarès-Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque and the Saint-Cyprien-Collioure Prud’homies, both dating back to the 12th century.

For a few years, direct sales on the docks have been increasing, contributing to the profitability and visibility of fishermen in the area. The biggest local harbour, Port Vendres, remains a very important and strategic landing point, even though the auction activity was transferred to Port la Nouvelle in 2014.

However, several crises and challenges faced by the sector since the 80’s are still at the heart of the FLAG strategy today: improving the viability of fish resources and the sustainability of fisheries practices and improving the links and synergies between fisheries and the area as a whole.

Type of area:
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The area covers several protected areas wich together cover most of the maritime territory of the group. These incluse the national marine park, "Golfe du Lyon"; the marine reserve of Cérbère-Banyuls; the Natura 2000 area, "Posidonies"; and the Coastline Conservatory "Oceanology Observatory of Arago".

68 118
Surface area (km²)
Population density
Total employment in fisheries

FLAG strategy

The FLAG’s strategy aims to take better account of the tourism pressure, environmental requirements and challenges of the fishing sector to develop a sustainable economic approach for local fisheries based on collective projects and a revalorization of marine-based jobs. Priority will be given to ensuring that tourism development includes traditional activities and the area’s fisheries identity as well as strengthening the link between maritime and land activities. In particular, it aims to:

  • Strengthen economic development in fisheries by improving the marketing circuits and better promoting the area’s products.
  • Raise the income and competitiveness of local companies by supporting complementary activities and diversification, through the mobilization of the necessary skills and encouraging the involvement of women.
  • Better integrate the fishing sector into the area’s development through multi-partnership projects with other business sectors and supporting fisheries to play a bigger role in the sustainable management of the local fisheries resource.
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Supporting diversification
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development


Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
737 209
  • EMFF: 
    567 084
  • MS co-financing: 
    170 125
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional and provincial

  • Funds: 

Project examples

  • Diversifying fisheries activities through the valorization of lesser known species and the adoption of innovative production and communication methods (innovation in processing and promoting fishermen’s access to digital and new technologies);
  • Promoting the inclusion and representation of women in fisheries through dedicated networking and best practice exchanges;
  • Communication activities to promote local fisheries among other local actors, in particular tourism and research actors;
  • Development of a dedicated space for sales of local seafood products and information about the local fishery heritage;
  • Development of new tools to improve the knowledge on fisheries resource of the area.

Calls for proposals

There are no specific deadlines for potential beneficiaries to submit projects, they can be presented on an ongoing basis. However, the selection commotee meets twice a year to select projects.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG has experience in multi-fund and multi-programme management and cross-border and transnational cooperation, including with other FLAGs and with the Kerkennah islands (Tunisia).

In terms of themes, the FLAG is interested in cooperating around auction sales, fishermen exchanges, fishing data and women in the sector. The FLAG foresees, two specific cooperation projects:

  • Cross border cooperation with the Costa Brava FLAG in Spain, around best practice, local innovative projects, tourism impacts
  • Cooperation with the Grand-Narbonne FLAG around the auction of Port-La-Nouvelle (in the Grand Narbonne FLAG area) and the smaller auction of Port Vendre.
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Accountable body: 
Pays Pyrénées Méditerranée
Members of the partnership: 
  • 12 fisheries actors (4 fishermen's organisations, 7 fishermen and 1 fish processing stakeholder)
  • 2 environmental bodies (oceanology observatory and the national natural maritime park)
  • 4 coastal towns and 2 coastal municipalitieschamber of commerce (auction)
  • NGO for sustainable development (Pays Pyrénées Méditerranée)
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FLAG Contacts

Pays Pyrénées Méditerranée
Maison des services Publics 6, Boulevard Simon Battle
66400 Ceret
FLAG President:
Mr. Antoine Andre
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Géraldine Caprani
+33 4 68 87 43 24
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Cédric Borg
+33 4 68 87 43 24
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