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FLAG Factsheet

Western Cantabria FLAG

Official name: 
Asociación de Desarrollo Rural Saja Nansa
Country:
Region: 
Code: 
ES216
Programming period: 
2007-2013
2014-2020

Area

The FLAG is made up of three municipalities (San Vicente de la Barquera, Comillas and Suances) in the region of Cantabria, in which protected areas represent 53% of the FLAG territory. The service sector represents 70% of jobs and the hospitality industry is predominant. Despite the long-standing tradition of fishing in the area, fisheries only account for 1.5% of the area’s total employment.

The regions fishing fleet comprises 31 vessels with are mainly used for coastal fishing. The largest fleet in the territory belongs to the port of San Vicente de la Barquera, which is home to many of the area’s vessels (18) and has the largest working crew of 110 individuals. The Bay of Biscay is the main fishing destination and catches include anchovy, mackerel and bogue.

Challenges to the FLAG area include the diversification of fisheries activities and professions into other sectors such as tourism. Other challenges include developing local markets for less desirable catches such as bogue, adding value through the creation of shorter supply chains; building ties and relationships with local tourism enterprises such as restaurants. 

Type of area:
Sea Basins:
Protected areas: 

The FLAG covers the Oyambre’s Dunes and the Western Rías, which are included in the list of sites of community importance (SCI) under the Habitats Directive (Natura 2000) and the Oyambre Natural Park. 

Population
15 126
Surface area (km²)
84
Population density
180
Total employment in fisheries
413
Fishing: 
313
Aquaculture: 
100

FLAG strategy

The main objectives of the Western Cantabria FLAG include:

  • The diversification of workers in the fisheries sector into other industries.
  • Development of tourism companies linked to the fisheries activity.
  • Adding value to local fisheries products.

Transmitting know-how through cooperation projects.

Objective: 
Adding value, creating jobs, and promoting innovation along the fisheries chain
Priority: 
5
% of the budget allocated: 
40%
Supporting diversification
5
35%
Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets
2
8%
Promoting social wellbeing and cultural heritage
2
8%
Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development
2
8%

Funding

Total public budget allocated to the FLAG for 2014-2020: 
1 376 470
  • EMFF: 
    1 170 000
  • MS co-financing: 
    206 470
  • Sources of co-funding: 

    Regional

  • Multi-funding: 

    There is a coordinated management of both LEADER (under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development) and CLLD under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund. This involves common goals and staff as well as a common methodology.

  • Funds: 
    EAFRD

Project examples

Project examples and ideas for the Western Cantabria FLAG will be focused on the following themes:

  • Spanish language training for foreign fishermen working in the area.
  • The protection and preservation of the area’s maritime heritage.
  • Improvement of municipal nautical facilities.

Calls for proposals

The FLAG operates an open call for projects. Project proposals can be submitted throughout the year and are selected on an ad hoc basis. 

Partnership

Members of the partnership: 

The town halls of San Vicente de la Barquera, Comillas and Suances, the fishing organisations of San Vicente de la Barquera, Nuestra Señora del Carmen and Santo Cristo del Amparo, Western Cantabria’s aquaculture association, Western Cantabria’s association for the promotion of the fishing sector, and the Galatea’s Sports Club.

Number of individuals/organisations in partnership/general assembly: 
45
% of fisheries actors: 
45%
% of public authorities and other: 
13%
% of other (non-fisheries) private / NGO sector actors: 
40%
% of environmental actors: 
0%
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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FLAG Contacts

West Cantabria
 
Roiz
39593 Cantabria
Spain
FLAG Manager:
Ms. Carmen Fernández Del Río
Phone:
+34 942 70 93 60
Languages:
  • Spanish (Mother tongue)
  • English (Intermediate)
Publication date: 
12/09/2017
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