Fishing on the Swedish side of the Öresund strait consists almost exclusively of local small-scale coastal fisheries providing unique opportunities for local fisheries development. The revenue from the Öresund area is among the highest in Sweden and the fish stocks amongst the strongest. The river systems that flow into the Öresund offers a unique spawning area for migratory fish. In addition, the area also has many lakes in forested areas, situated in the north. West of Vombsjön is the Klingavälsåns nature reserve which is characterised by open wet meadows and abundant fish and bird life. The Kävlinge flows from Vombsjön and is one of Scania's three largest rivers. The area at the mouth of Lomma Bay is also a protected nature reserve.
A key challenge to the FLAG and its area is harbouring the development and growth of its small-scale fisheries. Central to this challenge is establishing cooperation and networking initiatives between the different stakeholders in the industry and well as integrating other sectors such as tourism.
The FLAG area includes the Klingavälsåns and Lomma Bay nature reserves, both of which are protected areas.
The FLAG’s strategy includes the following key aims:
Project examples and ideas for the FLAG are centred around securing the sustainability of the area’s fisheries. Examples include:
Calls for projects are issued on an ongoing basis. More information can be found on the FLAG website.
The FLAG is involved in a transnational cooperation project which will compile existing research about the impact of seals and cormorants have on the fisheries economy in the Baltic Sea. The FLAG has expertise in this area which it is willing to share. The FLAG cooperates with other FLAGs from Sweden, Finland and Estonia on this matter.
The FLAG shares a legal structure with the local LEADER LAG and their territories overlap. They also have a common Programme Management Committee which allows them to share strategies. The FLAG also cooperates with other FLAGs nearby and throughout Sweden.
FLAG members include several full-time fishers from small-scale coastal fisheries enterprises, the area’s six municipalities, tourism organisations, NGOs and environmental actors.