Fisheries Areas Network

Good Practice Project

FLAG builds bridges between local fishermen and municipality to regenerate port of Puise

Puise has become a thriving coastal fishing port in Läänemaa after a regeneration project supported by the local FLAG.


Läänemaa FLAG has supported the reconstruction and equipment of the Estonian fishing port of Puise in a project that boosts both fishing and tourism in the coastal area. The development of a multifunctional harbour involved renovating the marine infrastructure and port facilities. A new pier, floating quays and defence nets were also built.

The Fisheries Local Action Group worked in an advisory role and as an intermediary between fishermen and local authorities to help transform Läänemaa county’s biggest fishing port. For the local municipality, the FLAG highlighted the opportunities and the terms for EU support. At the same time, the FLAG mobilised fishermen to contribute their time and energy to developing the Puise port concept.

Professional fishing at Puise had become increasingly complicated due to inadequate and severely ageing port facilities. The regeneration began in 2011 when the 14 residing fishermen got together with the local municipality to restore and equip the harbour infrastructure. Local fishermen were also involved in planning various purchases. Today, about 25 professional fishermen depend on this port. With the project nearly finished, the number of fishermen and the profitability of fishing have already increased. There is a new fishermen's house and a fish cold room, as well as fish weighing equipment and storage boxes. A brand-new truck and lifting crane were purchased for the transportation of cargo, fish boxes and fishing traps.

Fishermen are not the only ones to benefit from the redevelopment at Puise. Near the port, three local companies provide tourism services and maritime activities. Puise has become an important gathering point for the local community and hosts various fishery / maritime events every year.


The port renovation has made it significantly easier for local fishermen to land their fish and the establishment of cooling and storing facilities has improved the quality of that fish. Moreover, cooperation between fishermen has increased to the extent that they now market their catch collectively, whereas recreational fishermen now fish only from the harbour facilities, resulting in a reduction of pressure on the Matsalu National Park.


This type of project could be interesting for any FLAG operating in an area where a harbour is in need of redevelopment and there is an opportunity for local fishermen to be involved. The regeneration of Puise shows how a FLAG can help facilitate cooperation and communication between the local municipality, fishermen and tourism operators.

Lessons & contribution to CLLD objectives: 
  • Lessons: Organizing cooperation between local government and fishermen is complex but feasible. It can lead to positive results if the FLAG tailors its advice to each side and anticipates possible needs. This type of project may move relatively slowly due to competing commercial interests.
  • Contribution to CLLD objective: Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local developmentand the governance of local fisheries resources and maritime activities.


Total project cost €566 919
FLAG grant €566 919
  • EU contribution (EMFF): €481 881
  • Public contribution (national): €85 038
Beneficiary contribution €117 619

Project information

Timeframe of implementation From Dec 2018
Sea Basins
Type of area


Läänemaa Rannakalanduse Selts MTÜ

Contact details

FLAG Contacts

Mr. Margus Medell
+372 528 6024

Organisation Contacts

Läänemaa Rannakalanduse Selts MTÜ
Mr. Margus Medell
+372 528 6024
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