The area is located on the Baltic Sea coast and is characterised by significant natural assets. There are two fishing ports: Ustka and Rowy. The area includes about 10% of all fish resources caught by the Polish fleet. There is also aquaculture production, mainly rainbow trout, as well as some traditional inland fishing activity, on the Gardno lake, which is part of a a National Park. One of the 20 fish processing plants of the area is the largest fish processing unit in Europe and the largest in the world in terms of salmon processing.
Key challenges include:
A large part of the FLAG area is protected (nearly 29%), including the Slowinski National Park and many Natura 2000 areas.
The FLAG strategy aims to respond to the challenge of limited touristic, cultural and educational activity through strengthening involvement of the local community and improving the attractiveness of the area both for local inhabitants and for tourists.
The low competitiveness and lack of stable employment will be addressed by increasing cooperation between different sectors and promoting the natural and cultural assets of the area to develop entrepreneurship.
The specific needs of the fishing sector (low incomes and low competitiveness) will be addressed by diversification both within and outside fisheries, to increase incomes while maintaining linkages with fishing activity.
EAFRD, to support new and existing businesses, develop tourism, strengthen community integration and education, promote local heritage, improve non-commercial cultural and recreational infrastructure
The Slowinska Fisheries Group has members from the public, business and NGO sectors. The key members include:
- Representatives of the fisheries sector (boat-owners)
- Tourism businesses
- NGOs: Rural Tourism Association “Słowiniec”, Local Tourism Organisation, OPTY – Centre for Water Sports, Slupia Basin Partnership LAG
- Municipalities: Ustka (rural municipality), City of Ustka, Kępice, Słupsk, Kobylnica, Smołdzino