FARNET
Fisheries Areas Network

Fiches FLAG

Vindeälven FLAG

Official name: 
Leaderområde Vindeälven
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
SE202
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG is located along one of Sweden's four national rivers famous for salmon and trout fishing, both by professional fishermen and recreational anglers. The Vindel river system is one of the best protected Swedish rivers. Fishing in the area (especially for trout and salmon) is regulated in different ways by national rules.

The Stornorrfors power station, which poses an obstacle to the salmon run, is one of the FLAG’s key challenges. Coastal commercial fisheries also find the marketing of their products at regional level very challenging, because this small-scale northern fishery is not well known and other commercial fisheries have a bad reputation in Sweden due to overfishing and contamination. Entrepreneurs who work with fishing tourism also face difficulties reaching out to a larger market.

Type de zone:
Bassins:
Population
95 875
Surface area (km²)
13 300
Population density
7
Total employment in fisheries
18
Fishing: 
13
Transformation: 
5
Women employment in fisheries: 
4

FLAG strategy

The FLAG considers coastal commercial fishing and angling tourism as two equal sectors capable of developing and operating side by side. The goal is for both activities to provide new employment opportunities. The FLAG’s strategy intends to achieve this by promoting a strengthened fish resource and by improving its management and availability for users.

By the year 2020 the FLAG partners plan to have a strong and well-managed resource, more jobs in the coastal commercial fishing and additional companies working with fishing tourism. They also aim for fishing in the river Vindelälven to become more popular among anglers and the focus on environmental measures contributing to national environmental and water legislation to be maintained.

To develop an inclusive fishing industry, the FLAG intends to involve more young people and women in the process. Special actions are envisaged for this objective.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
2
% of the budget allocated: 
15%
Supporting diversification
3
20%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
4
25%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
4
25%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
2
15%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 498 334
  • EMFF: 
    749 167
  • MS co-financing: 
    749 167
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Local level (Umeå, Vännäs, Vindelns, Lycksele, Sorsele and Arjeplogs municipalities, County Administrative Board of Västerbotten)

Project examples

  1. Reintroduce seatrout in restored tributaries to the Vindel river
  2. Planning how to manage salmon and the trout in the catchment area (including the involvement of young people and women in the process)
  3. MSC Certify fishing for salmon at the coast
  4. Getting more entrepreneurs (including young men and women) into the sports fishing sector

Calls for proposals

The projects can be presented and selected on an ongoing basis: www.fiskeomradevindelalven.se

 

 

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG partnership is composed of the municipalities of Umeå, Vännäs, Vindelns, Lycksele, Sorsele and Arjeplogs, County Administrative Board of Västerbotten, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), the Vindeälven Biosphere Reserve (Biosfärsområde Vindeälven), Ume-vindeälvens fiskeråd , Sportfiskeentreprenörerna and Vattenfall

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
24
% of fisheries actors: 
21%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
10%
% of environmental actors: 
33%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
9
% of public actors: 
44%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
2,00

Map

Contacts du GALPA

Leaderområde Vindeälven
 
Kommunalhusvägen 11,
922 81 Vindeln
Sweden
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Stig Westbergh
Phone:
+46 933 142 07
FLAG President:
Ms. Rune Sjöström
Languages:
  • Suédois (Mother tongue)
  • Anglais (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
07/04/2017
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