FLAG Objective and Priorities

Priority 1 – Promoting innovation at all stages of the fisheries and aquaculture seafood supply chain.

Aim – to encourage the use and exploration of new technologies and methods to improve efficiencies within the fisheries and aquaculture sector. This includes methods for increasing market demand and shortening the supply chain. Another aspect is to add value to primary produce before sending it to market.

Scope – projects which support the following objectives are encouraged.  

Objectives:

  • Increasing market demand
  • Shortening the supply chain
  • Adding value to primary produce
  • Upgrading of harbour facilities to enable diversification of catch and improve landings.

Priority 2 – Supporting diversification within the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

Aim – this priority will provide support for businesses within the fisheries and aquaculture sectors to diversify into new and expanding markets. Applicants will be encouraged to seek support from business advice services before submitting applications. 

Scope - projects which support the following objectives are encouraged.  

Objectives:

  • To develop new business ideas and markets.
  • To support partnership and networking opportunities within the sector.

Priority 3 – Strengthening the governance of local fisheries resources.

Aim – to encourage co-operation between the various local actors within the fisheries and aquaculture sectors. By sharing common issues and recognition of a common geography, it is hoped that the sector becomes stronger and more efficient within Argyll and the Islands.

Scope - projects which support the following objectives are encouraged.

Objectives:

  • The creation of networks, with a focus on those which mobilise social capital.
  • Identifying common issues and developing common goals and objectives.
  • Cross sectoral and geographical working including neighbouring fisheries communities.

All of the above Priorities can be considered for trans-regional applications. The FLAG will actively seek joint projects with other FLAGs where this is seen as beneficial to all parties.