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FLAG Factsheet

Santa Pola FLAG

Official name: 
Grupo de Acción Local de Pesca "Bahía de Santa Pola"
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
ES224
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

The Santa Pola FLAG is located in the South East of the Iberian Peninsula and covers the municipalities of Santa Pola and Guardamar. The main economic activities in both localities are fishing, aquaculture and tourism; salt production in salt lakes is also quite relevant. The main fishing techniques used are trawling and different types of artisanal fisheries. Catches from fisheries are extremely diverse, ranging from red shrimp and Caramote prawn, to hake and mullet; aquaculture mainly involves rearing gilthead seabream and European seabass. Fish production is largely sold in regional and national markets.

Tourism is seasonal and dominated by residential tourism during the summer. The area covered by the Santa Pola FLAG includes rich natural resources, both land a marine based, with high potential for future sustainable development.

As the foundation of the local economy, the FLAG will be focusing on the fisheries and aquaculture sectors – as well as connecting these with the tourism industry and tertiary sectors. Indeed, the aim is to foster diversification of the local economy by creating new marine-related economic activities with higher added value to increase social resilience.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

Five Sites of Community Importance (SCIs): The Santa Pola Saltmarshes, Tabarca Islands, Cabo Roig “Red Cape”, Clot de Galvany, and the Guardamar Dunes, the first three of which are also special protection areas (SPAs).

Four plant micro-reserves: the “Barranc de l'Escolgador de Crist”, the Pinet Dunes, the Pinet Saltmarshes and the Guardamar Dunes.

Two further natural parks: El Fondó Park and the Mata and Torrevieja Lagoons.

Population
47 246
Surface area (km²)
94
Population density
504
Total employment in fisheries
481
Fishing: 
370
Aquaculture: 
99
Processing: 
12
Women employment in fisheries: 
10

FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy has five key elements:

  • Improving the competitiveness of the fishing and aquaculture sectors by increasing the added values of catches.
  • Diversifying the economy with new activities based on opportunities offered by the sea and the area’s natural and cultural heritage.
  • Promoting the sustainable use of the area’s natural resources and a low carbon economy.
  • Improving public welfare by creating more qualified jobs
  • Encouraging trans-local cooperation and creating thematic networks
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
30%
Supporting diversification
3
30%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
1
10%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
4
20%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
2
10%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 671 000
  • EMFF: 
    1 253 250
  • MS co-financing: 
    417 750
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional

Project examples

  • Sustainable management plans for different marine species
  • Developing new fisheries and aquaculture by-products
  • Organised touristic short trips based on the cultural heritage
  • A network of apartments for tourists to prolong the tourist season

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG has experience in fishing and industrial development and is interested in exploring new fishing and aquaculture by-products, touristic strategies and different kinds of governance.

Partnership

Accountable body: 
Club Náutico de Santa Pola
Members of the partnership: 
  • Santa Pola and Guardamar Town Halls
  • Santa Pola, Guardamar and Tabarca Fishing Associations
  • Association of Santa Pola fishing boat owners
  • Aquaculture and Shellfish Associations from Guardamar and Santa Pola
  • Private Aquaculture Company, “Alevines de Guardamar, S.L” (seabream and seabass)
  • Organic Agricultural Cooperative, La Camperola
  • Local small business and shop-keepers’ associations
  • Various tourism, restaurant, sports and leisure associations
  • Social, environmental and scientific NGOs and foundations
Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
30
% of fisheries actors: 
23%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
67%
% of environmental actors: 
3%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
10
% of public actors: 
20%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

Visuals

Map

FLAG Contacts

Grupo de Acción Local de Pesca Bahía de Santa Pola
 
Club Náutico de Santa Pola
Contradique del puerto pesquero S/N
3130 Santa Pola Alicante
Spain
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Argentina Bonmatí Rodes
FLAG President:
Mr. Ignacio Soler Martínez
Languages:
  • Spanish (Mother tongue)
  • French (Basic)
  • Italian (Basic)
Publication date: 
23/05/2017
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