​Welcome to the Argyll & Bute and South Ayrshire Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) website.​​

The FLAG, formed in 2011, is made up of representatives from a wide range of public, private and community sector organisations with an interest in the vitality of fishing communities throughout the area.  The group’s early focus was the preparation of a Local Fisheries Development Strategy and Business Plan for submission to Marine Scotland- a department of the Scottish Government.  In January 2012, the Government announced funding of £4.2M for 12 FLAG’s- including an award of almost £400K to support the delivery of the Local Fisheries Development Strategy in Argyll & Bute and South Ayrshire.

​As we move forward FLAG members will oversee the delivery of the European Fisheries Fund (EFF)- allocating grants to projects that have a direct link to fishing or aquaculture and promote the sustainable economic development of traditional fishing communities.  Applications will be assessed against EFF eligibility criteria, the project’s contribution towards the Local Fisheries Development Strategy and the level of community benefit that will be delivered.

​​Argyll & Bute and South Ayrshire FLAG will support measures to promote economic diversification and an improved quality of life in areas affected by a decline in fishing activities with a particular focus on the following Axis 4 priorities:

  • Revitalising Communities
  • Coastal Community Capacity
  • New Markets and Products
  • Progressive Coastal Economy

​Public, private and third sector organisations operating in fishing communities throughout Argyll & Bute and South Ayrshire are eligible to apply for funding.  This website will provide information on the European Fisheries Fund, the aims and objectives of the FLAG, types of projects that may be eligible for funding, the application process and timescales for project delivery.