The FLAG is situated in the northern part of the Lublin region, and it is strongly diversified in terms of nature and landscape. It has numerous lakes and ponds of various sizes. Settlements in this area have historically been linked with lakes and fishing and most fish farms still use traditional methods such as the natural feeding of fish. They produce mainly various species of carp, but also other species such as catfish, pike, pikeperch, tench, bream and roach. Many fish farms invite tourists and anglers to visit them.
However, income from the fish farms is low and the younger generation is not interested in continuing family traditions. Other challenges include high unemployment, especially regarding young people, and a low level of investment in businesses.
There are 23 protected areas covering a total of 171 252 ha: one national park, three landscape parks, five natural reserves, four areas of protected landscape and 10 Natura 2000 areas.
The FLAG strategy aims to maintain jobs through investments within the fishing sector and create new jobs outside the fishing sector while creating innovative businesses linked to the potential of the area.
The FLAG will also enhance the tourism and recreation potential of the area and valorise its natural assets through the greater accessibility of attractions. Another objective is to strengthen the fisheries sector through promotion, exchange of experience, awareness raising and civic dialogue.
Calls for projects will be launched on an ongoing basis. Information available on the FLAG website.
The partnership is composed of 16 municipalities and one county administration (representing the public sector), six large fish farms, the Polish Anglers’ Association, several businesses (including 2 holiday resorts), NGOs including voluntary fire brigades and individuals.