The Southern Artabro FLAG area spans approximately 340km2, has a population of 140 000 and comprises several NATURA 2000 Sites of Community Importance (SCI) such as Costa da Morte and Costa do Dexo. The area’s fishing sector has a significant impact, accounting for 41.7% of the economic activity in the region. There are nearly 440 companies linked to the sector, of which, 340 are in the city of A Coruña and conduct commercial activities, either retail or wholesale. As such, the A Coruña fish auction is highly important to the fishing economy of Galicia where, in 2015, catches generated over €80 million and represented 22% of all sales in the region. Common catches include bream, bonito and clams.
The main challenge facing the area and FLAG is the improvement of coastal areas and developing their integration into the local economy. The successful diversification of fisheries activities into tourism is also a key challenge. As is the conservation of regions natural resources and maritime cultural heritage.
The FLAG area covers several protected areas under the Natura 2000 network. This includes the following sites of community importance: Costa da Morte, Costa do Dexo, and the Betanzos-Mandeo and Abegondo-Cecebre dams.
The FLAG strategy aims to:
Projects examples and ideas for the FLAG include the following:
Every year there will be a call for projects with a 1st of March deadline. If the budget of this call is not exhausted, a second call will be organised, with a deadline on the 1st of September.
More information can be found on the FLAG website
The FLAG is a partner in the following cooperation projects which involve the Galician FLAGs:
The FLAG is made up of 46 member organisations which include: