The Mondego Mar FLAG is located in the centre of the Portuguese coastline and covers the municipalities of Cantanhede, Figueira da Foz, Mira and Montemor-o-Velho. This area, centered around the mouth of the Mondego river, is composed of marine, freshwater and estuarine ecosystems creating a complex and rich environment and hosting a range of fisheries activities, from aquaculture to shellfish harvesting to coastal fisheries.
The area is also an important fish landing and processing spot for central Portugal. Historically, the area was much more dependent on the fisheries industry, but the local economy is now more oriented towards other economic activities such as tourism or other production types (e.g. the paper industry).
A key challenge is to reconnect the economic development of the area with its fisheries potential, especially in terms of marketing opportunities and forging a connection to the tourism economy. Tourism itself faces the challenge of seasonality, with efforts being made to secure year-round visits notably through the diversification of cultural offers, activities and the improvement of urban attractiveness.
The FLAG area includes three protected areas: Mira, Gândara and Gafanhas Dunes.
The strategy is based on a coherent intervention logic with actions focusing on:
The FLAG Mondego Mar has not yet approved projects in this period.
However, according to the local development strategy, the following type of projects will be supported:
The first call for projects will take place during the second semester of 2016.
Taking into account the experience of FLAG, priority themes on which the FLAG wants to cooperate and can propose expertise are: