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FLAG Factsheet

Szczecin Lagoon FLAG

Official name: 
Lokalna Grupa Rybacka "Zalew Szczeciński"
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
PL201
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG is situated along the western part of the Polish Baltic sea coast close to the German border. It is an area very rich in fish (62 fish species, both marine and freshwater), with five fishing harbours. There are many small fishing boats and one fish processing plant.

Some of the key challenges include a growing population of cormorant which damages the fish and destroys environmental balance, and seasonality of income from tourism. The fisheries sector is in decline and fishermen’s voice is seldom heard in decision-making.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The National Park of the Wolin Island, natural reserves, several Natura 2000 areas including marine Natura 2000.

Population
65 271
Surface area (km²)
932
Population density
7
Total employment in fisheries
236
Fishing: 
141
Processing: 
95

FLAG strategy

The FLAG is planning to raise the competitiveness of the local economy and create jobs, i.e. through the better valorisation of touristic and recreational assets of the area, and to help fishermen earn additional income from direct sales of fish (fresh and/or processed). The FLAG also aims to help fishermen become more involved in local governance and decision-making, and to strengthen the local identity and activity of the inhabitants

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
3
% of the budget allocated: 
11%
Supporting diversification
4
23%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
5
54%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
2
6%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
1
6%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
2 751 784
  • EMFF: 
    2 339 016
  • MS co-financing: 
    412 768
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

Project examples

  • Processing and selling of freshly caught fish by fishermen
  • Organising trips by bicycle along the fisheries trail (employing 1-2 persons)
  • Organising of events “Fish & history”, e.g. this can involve campfires with baked or smoked fish combined with a meeting with a local celebrity talking about fishing traditions and local specificities

Calls for proposals

There will be periodic calls for projects. Information will be available on the FLAG website:

www.lgr-zalew.pl

Expertise & cooperation

  • The FLAG is willing to share knowledge about black cormorant.
  • The FLAG is interested in cooperation with other FLAGs from Western Pomerania and elsewhere in Poland. It is also planning to cooperate with the German FLAG Ostvorpommern in Anklam, and the Swedish FLAG South Baltic (Sydkusten) in Simrishamn.
  • It is hoped there will be further development of the Northern Fisheries Trail (a cooperation project involving 9 Polish FLAGs already in 2007-2013). The cooperating FLAGs plan to enhance the existing Education and Promotion Centres and jointly carry out educational activities and promotion of the fishing heritage of their areas (through a joint publication, video, maps, participation in fairs, mobile applications etc.).
Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
55000.00

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

There are 11 public sector actors, representing the 4 municipalities, culture centres and museums. The membership also includes the Świnoujście branch of the Marine Fisheries Institute, 30 fishermen and SMEs from the tourism sector as well as numerous NGOs, including local heritage associations and an association of mentally handicapped persons.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
202
% of fisheries actors: 
15%
% of public authorities and other: 
5%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
79%
% of environmental actors: 
1%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
16
% of public actors: 
25%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

Visuals

Map

FLAG Contacts

Lokalna Grupa Rybacka 'Zalew Szczeciński'
 
Dworcowa 4,
72-600 Świnoujście
Poland
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Małgorzata Całka
Phone:
+48 91 400 00 02
FLAG President:
Mr. Ryszard Mróz
Languages:
  • Polish (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
08/09/2017
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