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