FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Sotavento do Algarve FLAG

Official name: 
GALP Sotavento do Algarve
Country:
Code: 
PT212
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

The area is defined by the Ria Formosa (which covers five municipalities), a natural river system, structuring the landscape and ecological systems, which gives the Sotavento its own characteristics.

The Eastern Algarve is home to the largest wetland in southern Portugal, 11,000 hectares large stretching along approximately 60 km of coastline between Ancão (Loulé) and Manta Rota (Vila Real de Santo António). It forms a lagoon-estuarine system with a wide area of marshes, islands and channels protected by robust sand ridges, which form two peninsulas (Ancão and Cacela) and five barrier islands (Barreta, Culatra, Armona, Tavira and Cabanas).

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The two main protected areas here are

  • Ria Formosa
  • Reserva Natural do Sapal de Castro Marim e Vila Real de Santo António
Population
181 277
Surface area (km²)
1 492
Population density
121
Total employment in fisheries
4 810
Fishing: 
1 570
Aquaculture: 
3 000
Processing: 
240

FLAG strategy

  • Promoting economic development in the Eastern Algarve, by strengthening the competitiveness of fisheries and diversification of activities in coastal areas;
  • Improvement of short supply chains for food and local markets, focusing on the promotion of quality local products;
  • Promoting enterprise and productive innovation with the incorporation of knowledge and experimentation.
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
45%
Supporting diversification
3
17%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
1
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
4
22%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
2
16%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
2 989 506
  • EMFF: 
    2 989 506
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

  • Funds: 
    EAFRD
    ERDF
    ESF

Project examples

  • Conversion of vessels for tourism;
  • Technical and scientific support to the development of new (sub) products that are competitive in the market (food engineering interventions and services related to information technology);
  • Marketing network of local fisheries products through short circuits.

Good Practice

Expertise & cooperation

  • Acquiring skills - Improving cooperation between coastal areas at national and transnational level;
  • Innovation in maritime space - promoting knowledge transfer processes and implementing R & D & I initiatives;
  • Strengthening the tourism competitiveness - Strengthen adequate knowledge by local makers
  • Promotion of quality local products - to promote and disseminate the existing quality products in the intervention region.

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG membership includes the municipalities of Alcoutim; Castro Marim; Vila Real Santo António; Tavira; and Faro e Loulé, the Portuguese sea institute, the University of the Algarve, the Algarve fishing producers association, the Institute of employment and vocational training, five local fishermen’s associations, the organisation of Algarve fish producers, the Culatra island residents association, the national association of fish preservers, the centre of sciences of the sea of the Algarve and the Monte Gordo bay wetsuit trawler association, the Portuguese aquaculture association, the centre for the professional training in fisheries and the sea and the trade and transformation of traditional sea salt association.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
27
% of fisheries actors: 
56%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
4%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
7
% of public actors: 
43%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
4,00

Map

FLAG Contacts

FLAG Sotavento do Algarve
 
Largo Sebastião Martins Mestre
8700-349 Olhão
Portugal
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Rita Pestana
Phone:
+351 289 700 171
Languages:
  • Portuguese (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
  • French (Intermediate)
  • Spanish (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
05/09/2017
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