FARNET
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FLAG Factsheet

West Mecklenburg Baltic Sea coast FLAG

Official name: 
LAG Westmecklenburgische Ostseeküste
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
DE224
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The West Mecklenburg Baltic sea coast (WMO) is a largely rural area located on the Baltic sea coast. Open natural areas, idyllic villages, extensive avenues, castles and manor houses dominate the landscape. The economy of this area traditionally consisted of agriculture, the food industry and tourism. The development of the commercial sector is concentrated on a few central areas.

The nearby cities of Lübeck and Schwerin as well as Wismar are commercial centres, which provide employment possibilities for the inhabitants of the region. Nevertheless, the dominance of these centres is the reason the economic sector in the region itself cannot develop. At the same time, a range of services must be offered for the rural areas as well as establishing local recreation to the urban population.

The region is historically influenced and shaped by the fisheries sector. In the past, Wismar was transregionally well known for its small deep-sea fishery and its fish processing industry.

The particular challenge for this area has to do with the deep structural change which the inshore fishery experienced in recent years. The fisheries industry declined because of unattractive working conditions, rising costs for consumables and equipment as well as strict legal guidelines and restrictions in the catching quotas. Compared to 25 years ago, today only 41 out of 130 fishing businesses are still active in the region.

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

70% of the area is protected, consisting of the bird sanctuary Wismarbucht and the Natural Park Sternberger Seenlandschaft.

Population
127 657
Surface area (km²)
1 402
Population density
91
Total employment in fisheries
70
Fishing: 
25
Aquaculture: 
5
Processing: 
40
Women employment in fisheries: 
20

FLAG strategy

  1. Diversification in the fisheries sector
  2. Increase the added value and development of the touristic marketing
  3. Promote social prosperity and cultural heritage
  4. Strengthen the fishing communities through local development
Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
4
% of the budget allocated: 
20%
Supporting diversification
4
15%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
1
5%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
3
10%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
5
50%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
803 921
  • EMFF: 
    683 333
  • MS co-financing: 
    120 588
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional (State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)

Project examples

  • Modernising the fish restaurant of the fishing cooperative Wismarbucht
  • Establishing a sale facility for fisheries products by two inshore fishers
  • Creating an observation platform with access to the beach
  • Installing an aquaponics facility to demonstrate aquaponics

Calls for proposals

There are two calls for project per year.

Expertise & cooperation

The FLAG has a general interest in cooperating with other FLAGs.

Budget envisaged for cooperation: 
10000.00

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

The FLAG is composed of representatives of public administration as well as stakeholders involved in fisheries, agriculture, tourism, industry, craftsmanship, nature conservation, the employment market, politics and the church.

% of fisheries actors: 
20%
% of public authorities and other: 
25%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
50%
% of environmental actors: 
5%
Number of individuals on main decision-making body/board: 
16
% of public actors: 
25%
Number of contracted staff in FLAG: 
0,25

Map

FLAG Contacts

Fischwirtschaftsgebiet Nordwestmecklenburg
 
Rostocker Straße 76
23970 Wismar
Germany
FLAG Manager:
Mr. Erich Reppenhagen
Phone:
+49 3841 30409820
Languages:
  • German (Mother tongue)
  • English (Basic)
Publication date: 
01/09/2017
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