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FLAG Factsheet

South East FLAG

Official name: 
FLAG South East
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
IE206
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

Unusually for Ireland, the FLAG area has a relatively strong urban structure with 22 settlements falling into the aggregate urban area category of over 1,500 inhabitants (14 of which are at close proximity to the coast).

The main harbours are Wicklow, Arklow, Wexford, Rosslare Kilmore Quay, Dunmore East, and Helvick.

Both Dunmore East and Kilmore Quay appear in the top five ports in Ireland by value with overall landings to these ports of 10 ,978 tonnes (value of €16.2m) and 4 ,437 tonnes (value of €15.6m) respectively (SFPA 2015 landings data).

The main inshore fisheries are crustaceans and shellfish including lobster, crab, whelk, shrimp, scallop, razor and surf clams, but other important inshore fisheries include netting, trawling and line fishing for whitefish, herring, sprats and mackerel.

Aquaculture is also important in the region worth (€19 million), species produced include bottom culture mussels (Wexford harbour and Waterford Estuary), and gigs oysters (Dungarvan Bay, Waterford Estuary and Bannow Bay).

Challenges in the area include an ageing population and the struggle to get younger people into the fishing industry.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

There are 43 Natura 2000 protected sites here, comprising 26 Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), 16 Special Protection Areas (SPAs) and 1 Natural Heritage Area (NHA). Most Natura 2000 sites are found along the Co. Wexford coast.

The three nature reserves include; Ballyteigue Burrow Nature Reserve, The Raven Nature Reserve and the Wexford Wildfowl Nature Reserve.

The five Ramsar sites are; Bannon Bay, The Raven and Wexford Wildfowl Reserve in Co. Wexford and Tramore Backstrand and Dungarvan Harbour in Co. Waterford.

Population
161 255
Surface area (km²)
3 177
Population density
56
Total employment in fisheries
1 011
Fishing: 
455
Aquaculture: 
170
Processing: 
386

FLAG strategy

The strategy is set out under the following five themes:

  • Economic development of coastal areas
  • Harnessing and developing the skills and knowledge of the local coastal community
  • Promoting social well-being and coastal cultural heritage
  • Enabling more participative involvement in the governance of fisheries
  • Protecting and promoting the environment
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
55%
Supporting diversification
3
15%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
2
5%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
4
20%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
2
5%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
168 000
  • EMFF: 
    84 000
  • MS co-financing: 
    84 000
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

  • Multi-funding: 

    The FLAG will co-operate with other funding sources such local authority funds, where key infrastructural projects are identified. 

Project examples

The South East FLAG had its first call for projects in March 2017. Below are ideas for projects that were received during its strategy consultation:

  • Enhancement of facilities along the coast to enable the establishment of a ‘Blue Way’ to run along the coast
  • Promotion of locally caught/landed seafood by supporting seafood festivals/events
  • Providing funding for bursaries to enable employers to give young people experience/ training in local seafood and marine related industries such as aquaculture production, seafood processing, boat building/repair, engineering, marine leisure, marine related research/innovation etc.
  • Upgrades to community facilities such as community centres that enable them to become more relevant and economically viable, by way of adding to attractions (maritime heritage displays) and incorporating seafood added value.

Calls for proposals

At least one call for projects is envisaged every year, opening in February and closing in March. Additional calls may take place when the budget remains unspent.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG South East had its first call for projects in March 2017. Below are ideas for projects that were received during its strategy consultation:

  • Enhancement of facilities along the coast to enable the establishment of a ‘Blue Way’ to run along the coast
  • Promotion of locally caught/landed seafood by supporting seafood festivals/events
  • Providing funding for bursaries to enable employers to give young people experience/ training in local seafood and marine related industries such as aquaculture production, seafood processing, boat building/repair, engineering, marine leisure, marine related research/innovation etc.
  • Upgrades to community facilities such as community centres that enable them to become more relevant and economically viable, by way of adding to attractions (maritime heritage displays) and incorporating seafood added value.

Partnership

Accountable body: 
BIM South East
Members of the partnership: 

The membership includes representatives from local authorities, the local LEADER programme, local third level institutes, community groups and fisheries organisations.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
16
% of fisheries actors: 
44%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
25%
% of environmental actors: 
6%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
16
% of public actors: 
25%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
4,50

Map

FLAG Contacts

BIM South East
 
Bord Iascigh Mhara Irish Sea Fisheries Board, Stella Maris Community Centre,
Kilmore Quay
Y35 P279 Co. Wexford
Ireland
FLAG Manager:
Mr. John Hickey
Phone:
+353 53 912 9632
Languages:
  • English (Mother tongue)
Publication date: 
31/08/2017
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