The FLAG is located in Western Pomerania close to the cities of Szczecin and Stargard as well as to the German border. Agriculture dominates the area, but there is also fish farming and lake fishing. There are ten fish farms producing mainly carp, two businesses active in lake fishing, as well as two fish processing plants.
The key challenge is high unemployment, especially among young people and persons over 50, combined with a lack of professional counselling services for the unemployed. The area’s development potential in tourism and agro-processing is not fully utilised. The FLAG identifies two key issues for the fisheries sector:
Protected areas cover 0.31% of the FLAG (64 000 ha). There are several natural reserves and two landscape parks.
The FLAG would like to maintain local heritage and strengthen social capital, while developing businesses and creating jobs, especially for farmers, fishermen, people under 25 and over 50. It intends to support projects focusing on:
The strategy is also co-financed from the EAFRD (over €3 million) which is the Lead Fund and which will finance rural entrepreneurship, local heritage, investments in non-commercial infrastructure for tourism, recreation, and culture.
The public sector is represented by the 14 municipalities, Pyrzyce county administration, public libraries and culture clubs. Various local associations represent the social sector. From the business sector, there are several SMEs, fish farms and the Szczecin branch of the Polish Anglers’ Association.