Rügen is an island in the Baltic Sea and the largest in Germany. It is known for its beaches and white chalk cliffs which span coastline of approximately 574 kilometres. The island is also well-known for the Jasmund National Park which his home to primeval beech forests and white-tailed eagles.
The FLAG area is a coastal region situated near the city of Rostock in the north German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and has a 62km coastline. In the west, the Wustrow peninsula rises into the Baltic Sea and surrounds the Salzhaff with the mainland. The Warnow river flows through the region and into the Baltic Sea at Rostock.
The FLAG area comprises a large part of the rural and sparsely populated Mecklenburg Lake District, which is characterised by vast interlinked inland waterways, many of which are protected areas.
The fishing activities in the Mecklenburg Lakes follow a longstanding tradition and play an important economic and historical role in the area.
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 FLAG area is located south of the coastal city of Rostock and the area of the Baltic Sea – Bad Doberan FLAG area in the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. It covers the territory of the Guestrow district and is an inland area. The main fishing activities in the region are small-scale inland pond fisheries.
The FLAG area “Fischereihafen Bremerhaven“refers to the fishery port of Bremen/Bremerhaven. After 100 years of prosperity, the crisis in deep-sea fishing in the 1970´s and 80´s had a significant impact on Europe´s leading destination for landing and processing of fish.
The FLAG’s territory is situated to the east of Saxony and borders the regions of Dresden to the south and Brandenburg to the north. The eastern part of the area is highly forested, while the west is characterised by a typically European agricultural landscape. Throughout the entire area, pond farming is prevalent.
The Aischgrund FLAG is strongly influenced by the area’s fishponds. There are currently around 7000 ponds, where approximately 1200 farmers produce 15% of the total carp production in Germany in small-scale fisheries. The carp is not only a significant economic factor but also a significant part of the ecology and the culture with a 1200-year-old tradition