FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Fiches FLAG

Vela Vrata FLAG

Official name: 
LAGUR Vela Vrata
Country:
Code: 
HR206
Programming period: 
2014-2020

Area

The Vela Vrata (the Big Door, named after the maritime passage between the island of Cres and the mainland in the Bay of Rijeka) brings together islands of Cres and Lošinj, and their respective towns and municipalities, and the city of Opatija, municipalities of Lovran and Mošćenička Draga on the coast.

The area has a long tradition of fishing (mainly small-scale), which strongly impacts its heritage and culture. There are approximately 500 fishing boats in the region, most of which are under 12m. Typical catches include red mullet, shrimp and sardine. One of the main sources of income and jobs is tourism. Challenges for the FLAG area include low incomes from fisheries, low level of organisation of fishermen and insufficient links with other sectors. There is also a lack of linkages between fisheries and other sectors (including tourism), often as a result of environmental concerns and restriction linked to the Natura 2000 sites in the territory. 

Type de zone:
Bassins:
Protected areas: 

The FLAG territory has several protected areas under the Natura 2000 network including Učka the Cres Kvarner Islands, Cres - ness Grota – Merag, Cres - ness Pernat - cove Tiha, Cres Island and Zeča Island.

Population
28 290
Surface area (km²)
650
Population density
44
Total employment in fisheries
125

FLAG strategy

The FLAG strategy aims at increasing the competitiveness of the fishery area and improving the value chain through:

  • Adding value to fishery and aquaculture products, market development and modernisation of fishery infrastructure.
  • Supporting the diversification of activities in the area, including the development of services offered to fishermen and small tourism infrastructure.
  • Promoting protection and sustainable management of natural resources and valorisation of maritime and fisheries heritage and related traditional knowledge.
  • Encouraging social innovation through multisectoral development of interdisciplinary networks, implementation of cooperation projects and strengthening roles of communities in the management and development of the area.
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
37%
Supporting diversification
2
13%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
1
10%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
3
17%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
4
23%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
2 213 787
  • EMFF: 
    1 881 719
  • MS co-financing: 
    332 068
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    National

Project examples

Project ideas for the Vela Vrata FLAG will be focused on the following:

  • The development and modernisation of small-scale fisheries infrastructure and improvement of business conditions.
  • Sale support and market development, marketing, branding and labelling of fish products.
  • Small tourism infrastructure and fisheries related services.
  • The preservation and valorisation of the marine and fisheries heritage and the preservation of the identity of the area.
  • Supporting the revitalisation of traditional shipbuilding and the transfer of traditional knowledge related to fisheries and maritime heritage.

Calls for proposals

Calls for projects will be made two or three times a year. More information and deadlines will be published on the FLAG website

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG has experience in publishing specialised texts, thematic case studies, the organisation and motivation of multisectoral stakeholders and the implementation of small value projects.

The FLAG is interested in national and transnational cooperation in the fields of developing infrastructure for multisectoral stakeholders, acquiring knowledge about underwater structures for strengthening fish stocks, the development of tourism related to fisheries, the inclusion of women in related activities to the fishery sector.

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG has 20 members in total including six representatives of the public sector (five of them are local authorities of the municipalities and cities of the FLAG area), eight representatives from the fisheries and aquaculture sector and a few members from the social sector, including a fisheries and maritime institute and an eco-museum.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
20
% of fisheries actors: 
40%
% of public authorities and other: 
30%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
15%
% of environmental actors: 
15%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
9
% of public actors: 
33%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
1,00

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Contacts du GALPA

Vela Vrata FLAG
 
Lokalna akcijska grupa u ribarstvu Vela Vrata
Creskog Statuta 15
51557 Cres
Croatia
FLAG President:
Mr. Kristijan Jurjako
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Eliana Zec Solina
Phone:
+385 99 474 2494
Languages:
  • Croate (Mother tongue)
  • Anglais (Advanced)
  • Italien (Advanced)
Publication date: 
14/06/2018
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