The Morlaix FLAG comprises three communities, each with several municipalities. The capital city is Morlaix which has over 15 000 inhabitants. Agricultural is the area’s predominant industry and is made up of numerous small to medium size businesses. Fishing, a secondary sector in the area, mainly involves inshore fishing activities (75% of all local vessels). Offshore fishing, which accounts for a third of all fisheries employment, is focused on crustacean fishing, mainly crab. Seaweed harvesting is also important to the area and takes place along most of the FLAG’s shoreline.
The main challenges for the FLAG include strengthening relationships between different stakeholders in the area, especially in anticipating future needs in fisheries and aquaculture to maintain and develop the industry at the local level. Another key challenge is a relatively low capacity for research and innovation in the area.
The FLAG territory encompasses four Natura 2000 sites.
The Morlaix FLAG strategy includes the following objectives:
The body that manages the FLAG also draws on funding from the EAFRD, ERDF and ESF.
Project examples and ideas for the Morlaix FLAG include:
Project can be presented at any time and are selected on an ongoing basis. The Britany regional network makes centralised calls for projects for all FLAGs in the network. After this first common administrative step, each Breton FLAG then oversees the project selection process based on their respective strategic objectives.
The FLAG is interested in cooperation on promoting better connection and integration between fishermen, strengthening all aspects of research and innovation within fisheries and aquaculture sectors, fostering diversification opportunities and the promotion of the area and its maritime activities
Public bodies: the three communities of communes (local elected representatives), the Marine Station of Roscoff.
Private organisation: Departmental Fishing Committee, Regional shellfish farming Committee, local fishermen association, fishmonger’s association, local French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (fish auction & harbour manager), the Development Council (represented by an environmental association).
Non-voting guest public bodies: Region (delegated management authority), State (Departmental Council of Finistère, “Direction des Territories et de la Mer” (DDTM))