The FLAG area plays host to many important fisheries activities (including more than 60% of Greek mussel production). The main advantage the area has is its proximity to the large market of that the city of Thessaloniki offers. In general, however, fisheries here remain mostly small-scale.
The main challenges for the area include the limited capacity and competitiveness of the seafood industry, a lack of business and cooperation culture and the overall effect of the Greek financial crisis.
There are two protected areas covering 54 159 acres of the intervention area.
The FLAG strategy aims to:
The FLAG/LAG is multi-funded. It receives funding from both the EMMF and the EAFRD.
Project ideas includes actions related to:
This FLAG does not have previous experience in cooperation. They hope to cooperate in the areas of alternative tourism, including pescatourism and food processing.
The FLAG also functions as a LEADER LAG and the two areas of intervention overlap. The LAG and the FLAG share the same legal structure as well as a broad strategy for the development of the surrounding area under their surveillance. The organisation is multi-funded. It receives funding both from the EMFF and the EAFRD.
FLAG members, and in particular those on the selection board, include: