FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

FLAG Factsheet

Swansea Bay FLAG

Official name: 
Swansea Bay FLAG
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
UK218
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG areas commercial fishing fleet is made up of 34 vessels registered from either Swansea Marina, Porthcawl Harbour, Port Talbot or Oxwich Bay. Since 2010, this figure has declined by 27%, down from a total of 44 vessels. The most frequently landed species, accounting for 90% of the weight and 95% of the value of landings, include bass, cod, whelk, sole, lobster, plaice and crab.

A key challenge for the region is the ongoing decline of the amount of fish landed in the area and the impact this is having on regional employment and local communities. Over the past five years, the amount of fish landed in the area has fallen by 50% in terms of tonnage and 27% in terms of added value. 

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Population
419 593
Surface area (km²)
3 224
Population density
130
Total employment in fisheries
169
Fishing: 
91
Aquaculture: 
4
Processing: 
74

FLAG strategy

Broadly speaking, the FLAGs local development strategy includes the following key objectives:

  • Adding value, creating jobs, attracting young people and promoting innovations at all stage of the supply chain of fishery and aquaculture products.
  • Supporting diversification inside or outside commercial fisheries, lifelong learning and job creation in fisheries and aquaculture areas.
  • Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets of the fisheries and aquaculture areas, including operations to mitigate climate change.
  • Promoting social well-being and cultural heritage in fisheries and aquaculture areas, including fisheries, aquaculture and maritime cultural heritage.
  • Local development and the governance of local fisheries resources and maritime activities.
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
20%
Supporting diversification
5
20%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
5
20%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
5
20%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
5
20%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
440 774
  • EMFF: 
    440 774

Calls for proposals

Information on calls for project, eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found on the FLAG’s website:

https://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/47434/Applying-for-SBFLAG-funding

Partnership

Accountable body: 
Swansea County Council
Members of the partnership: 

FLAG members include the Welsh Fishermen's Association, Seafish Wales, Swansea Port Health Services, Tourism Swansea Bay, Mumbles Development Trust, Swansea Environment Forum, Salacia Marine, Fowey Shellfish, Swansea Council, Neath Port Talbot Council, Bridgend Council, Cardiff Marine, Swansea Marina Management, Natural Resources Wales, and two private fisherman. 

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
16
% of fisheries actors: 
31%
% of public authorities and other: 
25%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
32%
% of environmental actors: 
13%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
16
% of public actors: 
25%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
0,60

Map

FLAG Contacts

Swansea County Council
 
Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road
SA1 3SN Swansea
United Kingdom
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Amanda Jones
Phone:
+44 7980 938623
Languages:
  • English (Mother tongue)
Publication date: 
10/04/2019
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