The region Oeste consists of several fishing communities primarily dedicated to small scale fishing and gathering activities such as the gathering of shellfish, seaweed, mussels and barnacles, using mostly small boats. It includes two municipalities, Peniche and Nazaré, which act as twin centres of fishing activity and attract skilled labour, investment, business equipment and infrastructure. The ports here are very important in the context of regional and national fisheries organisations, in terms of tonnage, value of fish landed and the number of vessels or fishermen.
The challenges faced by the region include an ageing population and replacing fishermen as they retire.
The Óbidos lagoon and the natural reserve of Berlengas
The FLAG aims to:
The FLAG will work on:
FLAG members include the municipalities of Nazaré, Alcobaça. Caldas da Rainha, Óbidos and Peniche, the association of shipowners and fishermen of Nazaré, the association of maritime-tourist operators of the West Penichense, as well as two other fishermen’s associations, the centre for professional training of fisheries and the sea, the cooperative of artisanal fishing vessels and the polytechnic institute of Leiria.