FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

North FLAG

Official name: 
FLAG North
Country:
Code: 
IE201
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

Donegal is a large county with a lengthy coastline featuring a number of long inlets and bays. The region is sparsely populated and outside of Letterkenny, its only large urban centre, there is a high dependence on small-scale agriculture and fisheries enterprises.

The county has a large pelagic fleet and several sophisticated modern whitefish vessels. The pelagic fleet is based in Killybegs and the whitefish fleet is predominantly in Greencastle. These are the two main ports in the FLAG area. There are also up to 200 small inshore boats fishing crab and lobster operating from a number of small piers throughout the county. A growing amount of aquaculture activity can be found in the bays and inlets.

As most of the road and infrastructural links between Donegal and the rest of the country pass through Northern Ireland, the specific challenge for the FLAG and the county at large is the uncertainty raised by Brexit. Furthermore, the region has had a population decrease in the last couple of years with many younger people choosing to emigrate.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The entire coastline of Donegal is a protected area in one form or another be it SPA (Special Protected Area), SAC (Special Area of Conservation) or Natura 2000 site.

Population
91 406
Surface area (km²)
2 688
Population density
34
Total employment in fisheries
1 332

FLAG strategy

The FLAG has developed a strategy which targets peripheral coastal communities, with an emphasis on supporting the development of existing coastal businesses, including sustainable marine and coastal tourism in Donegal.

It is also hoped to harness the skills and knowledge of coastal communities, promote social well-being and coastal cultural heritage while protecting and promoting the marine environment.  The key aim is to do all of this while keeping the themes of job creation and diversification as a priority.

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

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 778 250
  • EMFF: 
    889 125
  • MS co-financing: 
    889 125
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National Government

Project examples

Potential project ideas include:

  • An educational shoreline safari for summer camp children in a coastal community centre
  • Support to a local seaweed business to enhance its activities
  • Supporting better operating equipment for a group of crab fishermen

Calls for proposals

Applications are invited on an open call basis and are to be selected by FLAGs for funding on a quarterly basis, or until funds are exhausted.

Expertise & cooperation

FLAG North has expertise drawn from three pillars: fishing and aquaculture, community groups and state agencies.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
50000.00

Partnership

Accountable body: 
BIM North
Members of the partnership: 

30% of actors come from the fisheries and aquaculture sector, 30% are community actors, 35% are public actors including Udaras na Gaeltachta (the regional Irish language authority), the local LEADER LAG and Donegal Tourism, and the remaining 5% are environmental advisors.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
17
% of fisheries actors: 
30%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
30%
% of environmental actors: 
5%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
18
% of public actors: 
22%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
0,33

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FLAG Contacts

BIM North
 
BIM, National Fisheries College
Greencastle
F93 PX32 Co. Donegal.
Ireland
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Owen Doyle
Phone:
+353 74 938 1745
Languages:
  • English (Mother tongue)
Publication date: 
28/08/2017
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