The FLAG area includes mountains, farmland, forest landscapes and an extensive archipelago. The Torne River, which runs through the FLAG’s territory, is Europe's largest unspoiled continuous waterway and is the main spawning site for wild salmon in the Bothnian Sea.
Fishing is varied in the region. In the archipelago, there are 35 small-scale fisheries enterprises which mainly fish for salmon and various white fish used for traditional dried ‘lutfisk’. The rest of the river is mainly used for sports fishing which is developing continuously. Common catches in the area for sports fishers include salmon, grayling and pike.
Challenges for the FLAG area include the ageing population of professional fishers and the difficulties associated the recruiting younger trainees. Another main challenge for the area is the low adoption rate of pesca-tourism by local enterprises.
The FLAG strategy is focused on the following key objectives:
Project ideas for the Tornedalen Haparanda FLAG include:
The FLAG does not have specific calls for projects or deadlines. Applications can be made on an ongoing ad-hoc basis.
The FLAG has thematic experience in environmental protection and in developing sustainable pesca-tourism. The FLAG would like to cooperate with other CLLD groups, both nationally and internationally, on these themes.
FLAG members include the area’s municipalities (Haparanda, Övertorneå, Pajala and Kiruna), Länsstyrelsen Norrbotten (administrative body), tourism companies, local fishers, small-scale fisheries enterprises and several NGOs.