Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Pontevedra FLAG

Official name: 
GALP Ría de Pontevedra
Programming period: 


The area forms a geographical entity around the mouth of the Lérez River in the South West of Galicia, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean at the city of Pontevedra, where it creates Pontevedra's ria. Six municipalities form part of the territory. The coastal area’s boundaries are characterised by natural landmarks: The Lanzada isthmus in the North, the Cabo Udra in the South, the islands Ons and Onza - as part of the National Park of the Atlantic Islands - in the West. The area is very densely populated (548 Inhabitants/ km²).

The economy of the Pontevedra estuary is based on three pillars: the service economy concentrated around the city itself, maritime activities such as (shell)fishing and port activities clustered in the south and tourism, mostly on the north bank.

A key challenge for the area is to improve connections between the more traditional sectors such as fisheries with potential sources of innovation. There is a lack of collaboration between research institutes and entrepreneurs locally, especially in the fisheries industry. No formal ways exist to channel information or knowledge on innovation towards the fishery sector.

The tourism industry also consists of mainly small family driven companies. There is a need here for an overall coordination to market the region as a touristic and authentic brand based on natural and cultural assets (including maritime and fisheries heritage).

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

There are seven protected areas, including:

  • the Maritimo Terrestre das Illas Atlánticas de Galicia National Park,
  • four Special Areas of Conservation (Cabo Udra, Complejo Ons / O Grove, Enseada de San Simón, Río Lérez), and
  • two Special Protection Areas (Complejo intermareal  Umia /O Grove and Illa de Ons).
79 152
Surface area (km²)
Population density
Total employment in fisheries
3 609
1 672
1 217
Women employment in fisheries: 

FLAG strategy

The general mission of the FLAG is to improve local quality of life and development opportunities in the local area by improving the competitiveness of the fisheries and aquaculture sector, capitalising on the touristic inflow and the sustainable use of marine and coastal resources. In this respect local maritime heritage will be used as the flagship for development of the area. 

The FLAG’s strategy is based around five specific objectives:

  1. To add value and support job creation through the promotion of innovative actions and exchange of knowledge at all stages of the fisheries and aquaculture supply chain.
  2. To support diversification of activities within or outside commercial fisheries, lifelong learning and improvement of social well-being in the area.
  3. Promote and benefit from the local natural environment, including actions to mitigate climate change and raise awareness of this issue locally.
  4. Support and promote local cultural heritage as a special feature of the Ria de Pontevedra with specific emphasis on maritime, fisheries and aquaculture heritage.
  5. Promote cooperation between local stakeholders and reinforce their capacity to contribute to local development. (This last objective is considered as a high priority for the FLAG but as a transversal objective hence not requiring a large share of the FLAG budget).
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
% of the budget allocated: 
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: 
5 714 910
  • EMFF: 
    4 857 670
  • MS co-financing: 
    857 237
  • Sources of co-funding: 


Project examples

  • Support for more coherent fisheries governance in the area of the National Park of the Atlantic Islands
  • Improvement of the dock facilities in the port of Bueu
  • Improving the marketing of local octopus through certification as “Pesca de Rias” and launch of an octopus fumet.

Calls for proposals

Each year project proposals should be submitted by the 1st of March.

If the budget of the March call is not exhausted, a second phase of applications for grants is organised by September 1st each year (except in 2020 in order to close the programme on time).

A first call for proposals was organised in August 2016.

Expertise & cooperation

Experience with the cooperation project "Mar Galaica" www.margalaica.net/en/, project between all Galician FLAGs to jointly promote maritime tourism in the Galician region.

The FLAG is interested in cooperation on marine tourism and on (platforms of) commercialisation of fishing products.

The FLAG is open to cooperate with other Spanish Groups or with other groups located around the Atlantic Ocean.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 


Members of the partnership: 

The board consists of:

  • 10 fishermen associations (7 cofradías, 1 ship owner organisation, 1 shell fish farmer organisation),
  • 6 local public authorities,
  • 1 SME association, and
  • 4 social entities (2 socio cultural association, 1 sailing club, 1 environmental organisation).
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
% of fisheries actors: 
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
% of environmental actors: 
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
% of public actors: 
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 



FLAG Contacts

Grupo de Acción Local del Sector Pesquero Ría de Pontevedra
Dpto. Exportadores nº 14. Edificio da Lonxa
Porto de Marín
36900 Marín
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Laura Nieto Zas
+34 886 21 30 15
  • Spanish (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
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