FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Fiches FLAG

Navia-Porcía FLAG

Official name: 
Centro De Desarrollo Navia-Porcía
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
ES210
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG territory is situated in the western part of the coastline in the North of Spain, facing the Bay of Biscay (in Spain referred to as Mar Cantabria). It is an area of high natural value, bordered in the west by the river Porcía and in the east by the municipality of Navia, the only city in the territory.

This low populated area has four small fishing harbours. Around 40 coastal fishing boats use traditional techniques such as gillnets, traps or longlines while shellfish gathering is also an important activity locally. The main species harvested in the area are goose barnacles, octopus, hake and mackerel.

The primary sector, in total, generates 15% of local employment. Industries such as cellulose production, dairy and shipyards, together with the construction sector are concentrated in the city of Navia and generate almost 30% of the area’s employment. However, most jobs in the area (more than 55%) are related to the tertiary sector, partly due to tourism surging in the last decade.

A key challenge for the area is the current low-income levels of fishermen who consequently, are not able to invest and innovate their businesses.

Type de zone:
Bassins:
Protected areas: 

The FLAG area three special areas of conservation. They are the Porcía and Navia rivers and the area of Penarronda-Barayo which covers the area’s entire 43km2 of coastline.  

Population
20 038
Surface area (km²)
273
Population density
73
Total employment in fisheries
180
Fishing: 
169
Transformation: 
11

FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy is mainly focussed on increasing the value of the fisheries industry in the Navia Porcia area. It aims to make the industry more profitable without increasing catch sizes and without disturbing the current environmental balance. The FLAG will support projects at different stages of the supply chain, starting with the handling of the catch on board, the certification at the first point of sales and including processing activities and marketing of the local products.

In addition, the FLAG targets activities that generate employment in the tourism sector especially those looking at developing new activities linked with a fisheries identity.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
37%
Supporting diversification
3
16%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
1
11%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
2
13%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
4
23%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
920 729
  • EMFF: 
    782 620
  • MS co-financing: 
    138 109
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional

Project examples

FLAG project examples and ideas include:

  • Investments in the innovation of onboard facilities and operations to increase the selectivity of fishing operations.
  • Investments linked to landing obligations.
  • Certification of fisheries products to guarantee traceability in the value supply chain.
  • The organisation of networking opportunities and information sessions in accordance with the recommendations of the regional fisheries event of January 2015. Examples include a professional seminar on octopuses, bringing together industry, governance and science.
  • Setting-up of a new services business for fishermen.
  • Setting-up of hospitality businesses related to the fishery sector.

Calls for proposals

The FLAG makes an annual call for projects. Further information on the application process and deadlines can be found via the following link.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG is interested in cooperation projects related to the following themes:

  • Adding value to fisheries products through certification or stamp of quality labelling.
  • Setting up scientific campaigns to monitor fisheries and fisheries activities.
  • Implementing new tourism possibilities linked to fisheries.
  • Supporting new small-scale start-up businesses
Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
25000.00

Partnership

Accountable body: 
FLAG Navia-Porcía
Members of the partnership: 

FLAG members include nine local public authorities, four fishermen’s associations (cofradías), five representatives from the agricultural sector, four social entities which include three social-cultural associations and one nautical sports club, one environmental organisation and one representative from the hotel industry. 

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
24
% of fisheries actors: 
17%
% of public authorities and other: 
37%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
42%
% of environmental actors: 
4%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
10
% of public actors: 
40%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
2,00

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Contacts du GALPA

FLAG Navia-Porcía
 
Calle Antonio Fernández Vallina 6
2ª planta
33710 Navia
Spain
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Germán Campal Fernandez
Phone:
+34 985 47 49 51
FLAG President:
Ms. Cecilia Pérez Sánchez
Languages:
  • Espagnol (Mother tongue)
  • Anglais (Intermediate)
  • Français (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
12/09/2017
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