FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

South FLAG

Official name: 
FLAG South
Country:
Code: 
IE205
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

The South FLAG area covers the coast of County Cork including seven West Cork Islands, from the Kerry–Cork boundary West of Lauragh, in Kerry to the river at Youghal.

The fleet in the area is distributed across many small harbours and piers all along the coast. 81% of the 411-strong fleet consists of boats shorter than 12 metres that have a high dependency on inshore fishing and potting for lobsters and brown crabs. Aquaculture production in the region involves the harvesting of mussels and oysters.

Challenges for the area include the maintenance of port infrastructure which has been neglected by local authorities. Also, broadband infrastructure is very poor in some areas which leads to difficulties for small businesses. The age profile of the fishing population is rising and it is proving difficult to attract new entrants into the sector.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Population
107 000
Surface area (km²)
10 940
Population density
10
Total employment in fisheries
1 520
Fishing: 
951
Aquaculture: 
148
Processing: 
356

FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy aims to promote and develop coastal communities by supporting initiatives which will improve the quality of life for fishing families and their communities.

Through innovation and job creation, the FLAG will support diversification and adding value to the catch of day-boat fishermen. Through training and upskilling designed to fit the specific needs of fishermen, the FLAG aims to unlock opportunities outside traditional fishing methods, and by working with local communities, they will endeavour to tackle the issue of social isolation.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
25%
Supporting diversification
5
25%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
3
15%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
3
15%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
3
20%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 200 000
  • EMFF: 
    600 000
  • MS co-financing: 
    600 000
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

Project examples

  • Training for diversification activities for fishermen to enable work in other areas to compliment fishing
  • Support for improving fish quality and handling
  • A bait store to ensure continuity of supply of bait for lobster pots so that fishermen are not losing days due to shortage of bait
  • A kayaking and environmental coastal tourism enterprise
  • IT infrastructure for a community development centre to help local groups

Calls for proposals

Details of any project calls will be available on the BIM website.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG is interested in cooperating around adding value to fisheries, diversification for fishing communities and ongoing training and education through short courses or specific targeted training within Ireland or in other Member States.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
10000.00

Partnership

Accountable body: 
BIM Dun Laoghaire
Members of the partnership: 

FLAG members include Cork County Council, Udaras Na Gaeltachta (the Regional Irish Language Authority), the LEADER groups in the area, representatives of local fishing, angling, aquaculture and environmental groups and three community development activists. 

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
13
% of fisheries actors: 
31%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
46%
% of environmental actors: 
8%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
12
% of public actors: 
17%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
0,20

Map

FLAG Contacts

BIM South
 
BIM Seafood Development Centre, Church Road, Ballycotton-Midleton
Clonakilty
P85 TX47 County Cork
Ireland
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Brenda O''Riordan
Languages:
  • English (Mother tongue)
Publication date: 
31/08/2017
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