17th March

Fisheries Local Action Groups secure funding for community projects

Coastal communities are to receive €12m to support local fisheries and aquaculture initiatives identified within the Fisheries Local Area Groups initiative.

FLAGS 2016

Pictured at the launch of the Launch of FLAGS (Fisheries Local Area Groups) programme at the National Seafood Centre in Clonakilty are Michael Creed, T.D., Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine and Tara McCarthy, CEO, BIM with FLAGS representatives, WEST FLAG, Paddy Crowe, Inis Oirr, Co. Galway; SOUTH WEST FLAG, Kevin Flannery, Dingle Co.Kerry; NORTH FLAG, Gerry Gallagher, Co. Donegal; SOUTH FLAG, Finian OÕSullivan, Bantry, Co. Cork; SOUTH EAST FLAG, Noel McDonagh, Dunmore East, Co. Waterford and NORTH WEST FLAG, Gerard Hassett, Achill, Co. Mayo

Announcing the funding for the seven FLAGs, Michael Creed, minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, said projects to 2021 with a strong interest in fostering coastal community development would be eligible. 

Tara McCarthy, BIM chief executive, has welcomed the "significant increase" in funding that has already contributed €1.5m in direct and indirect investment in coastal initiatives.

"Each of the FLAG groups represents seven coastal communities where the importance of the Irish seafood sector from our fishermen to seafood processors and retailers, in paramount. The increase in funding will enable BIM to assist the FLAG groups to develop strategic plans that will enhance and in some cases diversify their existing marine-related resource and enterprise."

FLAGS were selected as part of a competitive process under the community-led local development element of the €240m European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme, co-financed by the EU. Administrative and technical supports are provided by BIM.

 FLAG Name                   Coastal areas                 €

Southwest                     Kerry                              1.53m

West                             Galway, Clare                  1.80m

Northwest                      Mayo, Sligo                     1.50m

North                            Donegal                          1.95m

South                            Cork                               1.98m

Northeast                       Louth, Meath, Dublin       1.56m


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