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Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Shetland Islands FLAG

Official name: 
Shetland FLAG
Country:
Code: 
UK205
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

Shetland is an island archipelago located 340 km north of Aberdeen and 362 km west of Bergen, Norway. It consists of over 100 islands and islets of which 16 are inhabited.  A number of these smaller islands are linked to the main island by ferry and/or air services, or by fixed links. Shetland is linked to the UK mainland by ferry and air services. 

The single largest contributor to economic output in Shetland is the fishing industry.  The combined output of the various fisheries sectors (catching, processing and aquaculture) was valued at around €400m in 2011.

The major challenges in the areas are: the decline of traditional skills and skills retention, geographic distance from main markets and the lack of niche market capitalisation.  This includes a lack of young people in the industry and the increasing sense of fisheries communities becoming commuter areas.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

2 National Nature Reserves; 81 Sites of Special Scientific Interest

Population
23 167
Surface area (km²)
1 468
Population density
15
Total employment in fisheries
914
Fishing: 
258
Aquaculture: 
281
Processing: 
375
Women employment in fisheries: 
3 468

FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy has the following priority actions:

  • Add value, create jobs and promote innovation at all stages of the fisheries and aquaculture seafood supply chain
  • Support diversification within the fisheries and aquaculture sectors
  • Support lifelong learning and job creation in fisheries areas
  • Strengthen the role of fisheries communities in local development and the governance of local fisheries resources
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
20%
Supporting diversification
5
20%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
2
20%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
2
20%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
3
20%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
544 946
  • EMFF: 
    381 462
  • MS co-financing: 
    163 484
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

Project examples

  • Support projects which lead to improvements in quality and traceability across the marine food sector
  • Support research & development and knowledge transfer with regards to implementation of new reference testing methods for shellfish
  • Support projects which improve local marine resource management

Calls for proposals

As with the last programme, it is anticipated that the FLAG will accept projects on an ongoing basis.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG will consider any cooperation project ideas that come forward, but given the size of the budget allocation, the preference may be to focus on delivery of projects at a local level.

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

The membership of the FLAG includes Seafood Shetland, the Shetland fishermen’s association, the Shetland shellfish management organisation, the Scottish salmon producers’ organisation – Shetland, the NAFC marine centre (educational and scientific institute), the AB Associates (private company – independent consultancy), Highlands & Islands Enterprise and the Shetland Islands council.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
8
% of fisheries actors: 
38%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
13%
% of environmental actors: 
13%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
8
% of public actors: 
38%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
0,50

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FLAG Contacts

Shetlands Council
 
Solarhus
3 North Ness Business Park.
ZE1 0LZ Lerwick
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Sally Spence
Phone:
+44 1595 744915
Languages:
  • English (Mother tongue)
Publication date: 
17/01/2018
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