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Neringa FLAG

Official name: 
Neringos žuvininkystės regiono vietos veiklos grupė „Vidmarės"
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
LT203
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

The Neringa FLAG area is located between the Baltic Sea and the Curonian Lagoon. The city of Neringa was formed in 1961 and comprises a territory of eight separately administered areas, of which the central area is Nida. The city is situated in the Curonian Spit National Park and shares both a land and water border with the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad. Fishing activities and commercial quotas are limited in the FLAG’s territory due to environmental protection requirements. There is an abundance of species in the Curonian Lagoon, many of which are fished commercially, including salmon, turbot and eel. 

Challenges for the FLAG include the area’s relatively low population. Despite an increase in recent years (20% over a five-year period), the area has the lowest population in Lithuania. This combined with the protected environmental status of the area make the sustainable growth and development of tourism a challenge. Additionally, while the area’s inhabitants are distinguished for their entrepreneurship, many of the area’s businesses are small to medium size enterprises making the scaling and diversification of Neringa’s resort status difficult.   

The concentration of nutrients (phosphorous and nitrogen compounds) in the Curonian Lagoon, along with poor water transparency, mean that it fails to meet the requirements of the EU’s ‘good’ water conditions. A challenge to the FLAG area is undertaking the appropriate environmental actions to rectify this problem. The Baltic Sea also has a negative impact on the Curonian lagoon, as changing sea levels are resulting in an increase in the salinity of the lagoon which is displacing freshwater fish from traditional fishing grounds and areas. Other environmental factors such as large cormorant populations in the area are also an environmental challenge for the FLAG, as the cormorants have a significant impact on local fishing stocks.   

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The FLAG area sits in the Curonian Spit National Park, which is a Natura 2000 protected area and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Population
3 069
Surface area (km²)
33
Population density
218
Total employment in fisheries
67
Fishing: 
35
Processing: 
32

FLAG strategy

The Neringa FLAG strategy includes the following objectives:

  • Support activities related to the competitiveness of the area’s fishing industry.
  • Develop a focus on added value, product quality and the use of unwanted catches.
  • Examine income diversification and encourage cooperation amongst fisheries stakeholders.
  • Develop an infrastructure at fishing ports and landing sites that preserve fishing traditions and the environment, while also diversifying into the other areas such as tourism.
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
54%
Supporting diversification
3
11%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
4
35%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
695 856
  • EMFF: 
    591 478
  • MS co-financing: 
    104 378
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

Project examples

FLAG project examples and ideas will be centred around the following themes:

  • The enhancement of the area’s fisheries competitiveness.
  • The preservation and promotion of the area’s fisheries tradition and cultural values.
  • The improvement and restoration of the area’s fishing port infrastructure. Such redevelopments will be focused on both safety and environmental requirements.  

Calls for proposals

The Neringa FLAG will make regular calls for projects from 2018 onwards.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG has experience in the development of tourism activities, cormorant population restriction and recreational fishing. The FLAG is willing to share its thematic expertise and is interested in transnational cooperation projects related to sustainable fishing, eutrophication, and the sharing of good practices relating to the management of fishing activities in environmentally vulnerable areas.  

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
69500.00

Partnership

Accountable body: 
Association “Vidmarės”
Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG has a total of 24 members. This includes six civil society representatives, 17 private NGOs and one local government representative.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
24
% of fisheries actors: 
27%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
46%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
12
% of public actors: 
27%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
2,00

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FLAG Contacts

Association “Vidmarės”
 
Taikos g. 2
LT-93121 Neringa Lietuva
Lithuania
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Edita Baltrusaitienė
Phone:
+370 618 07505
FLAG President:
Ms. Rasa Stankutė
Languages:
  • Lithuanian (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
31/07/2018
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