Situated on the Black Sea, the FLAG area is characterised by a series of reliefs and cliffs. Inland the region includes a network of lakes and the territory is crossed by a significant number of rivers, including the Casimcea with a length of 50km and a river basin of 740km2. In the FLAG area also includes the long Poarta Alba - Midia Năvodari channel which connects the Midia Maritime Luminita Ports in the Taşaul Lake with the Danube - Black Sea Canal.
Fisheries activities on the Black Sea are prominent, as is aquaculture and fisheries processing. Unlike other Romanian fisheries areas, in recent years, the local population has increased. Unemployment is also low at only 3.2%. This is largely due to the area has a significant economy and a diverse range of primary sectors which capitalise on the area’s location which is well connected via sea, river, land and air to the rest of the country and the continent.
The main challenges for the FLAG area are ecological. The sustainable development and growth of coastal zones is a challenge. As is the management and exploitation of fish and aquaculture resources without damaging the environment.
The FLAG territory includes the following areas which are protected under the Natura 2000 Network:
The aim of the strategy is to ensure the sustainable development of fishing activities in the North of Constanta County, based on sustainable activities that consider the issues related to environmental protection, sustainable development, equal opportunities, social development and economic wellbeing of the Dobrogea North area. The FLAG aims to promote economic growth, social inclusion and job creation in fishing and aquaculture areas through the following specific objectives:
The FLAG makes an annual call for projects (typically in Spring). More information and application deadlines will be made available on the FLAG website:
The FLAG membership is made up of ten organisations including the county council, the Constanta Maritime University, a fisheries professor and several private enterprises (four of which are fisheries actors).