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FLAG Factsheet

Arousa FLAG

Official name: 
Grupo de Acción Local do Sector Pesqueiro Ría de Arousa
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
ES203
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Territoire

The FLAG is located in the middle of the north western coastline of Spain facing the Atlantic Ocean. The coastal territory of the Ria Arousa FLAG is a horseshoe-shaped area around the wide mouth of the tidal river of the same name and includes a number of islands.

Its economy has historically relied on the fishery sector (fishing and shellfish gathering) with a strong specialisation in the canning industry.

The tourism industry, on the other hand, is flourishing thanks to the presence of flat sandy beaches with water sports facilities and a warm climate. The area’s nature reserves and its cultural heritage make it an attractive tourist destination.

The main challenge for the area is to compensate the decline in employment in the fisheries sector. During the last decade, fisheries production has dropped due to the frequent blooming of algae and a decline in marine resources, leading to a decrease in employment in the sector.

 Small businesses are in need of complementary activities to deal with periods of less fishing activity. As for the processing industry, the working conditions in the canning industry do not fully meet current standards making it less and less attractive – especially for women, often also responsible for the management of family life.

In addition, there is a need for linking fisheries and tourism, and in particular to promote the fisheries sector's products towards the growing number of tourists visiting the area.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

There are five protected areas in the FLAGs territory covering a total of 29 160 ha, almost 70% of the area.

These include:

  • One National Park (Marítimo Terrestre de las Islas Atlánticas (8 490 ha),
  • Two Special Areas of Conservation:
    • Complejo Húmedo de Corrubedo (9 265 ha),
    • Complejo Ons-O Grove (7 608 ha), and
  • Two Special Protection Areas: 
    • Complejo Intermareal Umia-O Grove (2 813 ha),
    • Complejo litoral de Corrubedo (984 ha).
Population
153 708
Surface area (km²)
425
Population density
361
Total employment in fisheries
11 498
Fishing: 
3 224
Aquaculture: 
2 929
Processing: 
5 345
Women employment in fisheries: 
2 109

Stratégie du GALPA

One of the main aims of the strategy is to challenge producers to broaden and diversify their activities within the fisheries sector. In order to do this, the FLAG intends to support training both for primary producers (fishermen, shell gathers, aquaculture professionals) and for those stakeholders involved in downstream activities such as processing and trading of seafood products.

A majority of women work in shellfish and canning activities and therefore play an important role in fisheries. The FLAG will also focus on actions that improve the working conditions in these industries and aim for a better work-life balance.

A third objective is to stimulate interaction between different economic sectors to generate cross-sectoral initiatives. These can, for example, lead to the development of tourist packages in which fisheries related experiences or products are integrated and jointly promoted.

Another aim is to use environmental points of interest as well as unique elements of the cultural heritage of the coastal area to attract a more diversified range of visitors to the FLAGs territory.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
43%
Supporting diversification
4
33%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
3
8%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
3
8%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
2
4%

Financement

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
7 541 280
  • EMFF: 
    6 410 090
  • MS co-financing: 
    1 131 190
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional

Exemples de projet

  • Training on promotion of fisheries products
  • Improvements in the marketing of new products
  • Tourist packages on marine tourism
  • Diversification of shellfish farm activities
  • Development of an organic mussel pâté
  • Recycling of fisheries and aquaculture production materials (nets, etc.)

Projects approved to date can be found at: www.accioncosteira.es

Calls for proposals

Every year there will be a call for project proposals with a deadline of the 1st of March.

If the budget of this call is not exhausted, a second call will be organised, with a deadline of the 1st of September (except in 2020, when there will be no second call, in order to ensure the programme is closed on time).

Expertise et coopération

The FLAG gained experience through the cooperation project "Mar Galaica" www.margalaica.net/en/, a project between all Galician FLAGs to jointly promote maritime tourism in Galicia.

It also undertook an exchange project with French students helping to map the fisheries sector (based on data, interviews and visits) of Ria Arousa.

The FLAG is interested in cooperating on the same themes that are important for their area. These are adding value to products, diversification and environmental projects that look for a balance between the protection of the ria and a sustainable use for fisheries activities.

The FLAG is open to cooperation with other Spanish groups, transnational FLAGs or with groups located around a specific sea basin, such as the Atlantic Ocean or Mediterranean Sea.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
223538.00

Partenariat

Accountable body: 
GALP Ría de Arousa
Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG board consists of:

  • Five fishermen´s associations (“cofradías”),
  • Five local public authorities,
  • One association of net makers,
  • One association of shellfish farmers,
  • One business association, and
  • Two social entities (one cultural association and one association of disabled people).
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
54
% of fisheries actors: 
33%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
50%
% of environmental actors: 
0%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
15
% of public actors: 
17%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
2,00

Visuels

Carte

FLAG Contacts

GALP Ría de Arousa
 
FINCA A MAROMA-RECINTO FEXDEGA
VILLAGARCÍA DE AROUSA
36600 Pontevedra
Spain
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Rosa Carballo Martínez
Phone:
+34 986 51 09 53
Publication date: 
29/12/2016
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