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Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

South West FLAG

Official name: 
GGIA (Grúpa Gníomhíochta Iascaigh Áitiúla) THIAR THEAS (Pobail Chósta Chiarraí agus Luimnigh)
Country:
Code: 
IE204
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Territoire

The FLAG area comprises the coastal zones of counties Kerry and Limerick including the southern bank of the estuary of the River Shannon, Ireland’s longest river.

The FLAG region has a relatively weak urban structure with just ten settlements of 1,500 inhabitants or more; however, there are many smaller settlements in the region. Kerry is one of the most sparsely populated counties in Ireland with the most rural and peripheral areas in the county experiencing declining populations over the last 20 years. This is especially true of the coastal regions.

Challenges in this area include an ageing population and high unemployment particularly amongst young people. The increasing average age of those involved in the fisheries sector is also seen as a problem.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

There are 23 Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and 10 Special Protection Areas (SPAs). Kerry also has eight Natural Heritage Areas (NHAs), a marine NHA located at the Skelligs, designated to protect ecologically important habitats, and a collection of six nature reserves.

Population
72 863
Total employment in fisheries
550
Fishing: 
189
Aquaculture: 
117
Processing: 
244

Stratégie du GALPA

The strategy recognises the contraction in population, the decrease in younger people coming into fisheries and aquaculture and the lack of opportunity for people living in coastal communities.  It also recognises the need to stimulate economic activity, create jobs and support the identity and resilience of coastal communities.

FLAG South-West’s strategy aims to support projects under these three themes:

  • Economic development in coastal areas
  • Developing the skills and knowledge of the local coastal community
  • Promoting social well-being, coastal cultural heritage and environmental protection

The full development strategy can be found here.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
Supporting diversification
4
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
3
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
2
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
1

Financement

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 530 000
  • EMFF: 
    765 000
  • MS co-financing: 
    765 000
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

Exemples de projet

Development of tourism based activities and of piers and harbour infrastructure on a multi stakeholder basis.

Calls for proposals

Applications are invited on an open call basis and are to be selected by FLAGs for funding on a quarterly basis, or until funds are exhausted.

Please see the website for more details.

Expertise et coopération

The FLAG has experience in tourism (aquariums and educational tourism ventures) as well as in fishing and aquaculture (including hatcheries). In terms of cooperation it is particularly interested in technology transfer for fisheries and aquaculture, transnational fisheries governance and small scale coastal fisheries.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
50000.00

Partenariat

Accountable body: 
BIM South West
Members of the partnership: 

FLAG members include four local fisheries and shellfish co-operatives, a local fisheries forum, the Tralee Oyster Fishery Society and the mid-Kerry Drift Net Association.

Public sectors representatives include the Irish Language regional authority), the local LEADER group, the Local Enterprise Office, the Kerry Local Community Development Committee and the Mara Beo aquarium.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
14
% of fisheries actors: 
50%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
14%
% of environmental actors: 
7%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
14
% of public actors: 
36%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

Visuels

Carte

FLAG Contacts

BIM South West
 
BIM, An Chúilín
Daingean Uí Chúis
V92 TC93 Co. Chiarraí
Ireland
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Vera O’donovan
Phone:
+353 66 915 0909
Languages:
  • English (Mother tongue)
  • French (Basic)
Publication date: 
28/08/2017
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