Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

North Kaszuby FLAG

Official name: 
Stowarzyszenie Północnokaszubska Lokalna Grupa Rybacka
Programming period: 


The FLAG is located on the Baltic sea coast north of the city of Gdańsk. The area has valuable natural assets, many of them protected. The main economic activities are tourism, fishing and fish processing.

The key challenges include: combining environmental protection with job creation; introducing new, non-seasonal business sectors (such as water tourism, culinary tourism, cultural tourism,  and health projects), increasing incomes in fisheries and diversifying fishing activities, improving social services (education and care) and improving access to the Gdańsk metropolitan area (mainly through public transport).

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

At 51.8%, the proportion of the FLAG area (land and sea) covered by some form of protection is exceptionally high. There are areas of protected landscape, landscape parks, 115 natural monuments and many Natura 2000 areas (which make up about 17.2% of total land surface of the FLAG).

81 597
Surface area (km²)
Population density
Total employment in fisheries
1 908
1 282
Women employment in fisheries: 

FLAG strategy

The FLAG intends to develop businesses and create jobs, focusing on non-seasonal activities or innovative activities that extend the tourism season. It is planning to strengthen local businesses by developing and promoting the local brand and creating widely recognised tourism products, based on the cultural and maritime potential of the area. It is also planning to improve the accessibility and quality of social services and to support different forms of social economy in order to reduce the number of unemployed people.

The challenge of increasing fishing incomes will be addressed by direct sales and developing local systems of sales and distribution and integrating products and services, as well as increasing the amount of value added locally in processing. Fishing activities will be further diversified through the development of aquaculture.

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: 
3 898 800
  • EMFF: 
    3 313 980
  • MS co-financing: 
    584 820
  • Sources of co-funding: 


  • Multi-funding: 

    The FLAG also has funding from EAFRD (€2 500 000). It will be used to create non-seasonal jobs, especially for marginalised groups, support environmental education and awareness raising, invest in tourism infrastructure and support business development.

  • Funds: 

Project examples

  • Developing non-commercial recreational and cultural infrastructure
  • Developing tourist infrastructure in parts of the area historically linked to fishing activity
  • Promoting fisheries heritage
  • Marine and sailing education
  • Creating a local brand and promoting integrated tourism packages
  • Supporting value chains for fisheries products
  • Packaging all-year-round tourism services such as health tourism, active tourism.

Calls for proposals

The timetable of calls is available on the website.

Expertise & cooperation

  • The FLAG has experience in: initiating cooperation between Pomeranian FLAGs and active participation in the regional FLAG network; implementing projects in cooperation with neighbouring FLAGs, in particular focusing on promoting fisheries-related tourism (the Northern Fisheries Trail), fisheries heritage (Fischmarkt 2013 and 2014) and education about fish (training for future chefs, activities for school and pre-school children etc.)
  • The FLAG is interested in: introducing new solutions for small-scale fishing boats and diversifying fishing activity, support small NGOs active in promoting local heritage and culture, including local products, education activities on environment, the sea and sailing skills for children and youth.
  • Projects envisaged include introducing new business solutions for small-scale fishing boats, innovative methods of promotion and sales of fish products; educational activities, increasing business skills of fishermen for tourism services, promoting innovation and creative ideas for effective business activities, especially through networking.
Budget envisaged for cooperation: 


Accountable body: 
Północnokaszubska Lokalna Grupa Rybacka PLGR
Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG partners include: municipalities, businesses, NGOs, individuals and fishermen. The largest number of actors comes from the business sector (67), These are mostly fishermen, but also include tourism businesses, health centres and craftsmen. The social sector is represented by 27 actors (NGOs, trade unions and producer organisations), There are also 17 individual members. The public sector is represented by municipalities, the county office, schools, museums and the Marine Research Institute.

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FLAG Contacts

Stowarzyszenie Północnokaszubska Lokalna Grupa Rybacka
ul. Portowa 15
84-120 Władysławowo
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Daniel Lessnau
+48 77 46 890
FLAG President:
Mr. Zbigniew Chmaruk
  • Polish (Mother tongue)
  • English (Advanced)
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