CARDIGAN Bay Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) is looking for ideas to help develop the area.

FLAG is asking residents, groups and organisations based within fisheries communities to send in their suggestions on developing the social, economic and environmental well-being of the Cardigan Bay coast and inland waters from St Dogmaels up to Barmouth.

Cardigan Bay FLAG can help with project development, evaluation, feasibility studies, facilitation, training, mentoring and pilot projects.

Each project must fall under one of the five objectives within their local development strategy. These areas include:

• Adding value, creating jobs, attracting young people and promoting innovation at all stages of the supply chain of fishery and aquaculture products

• Promoting social well-being and cultural heritage in fisheries and aquaculture areas, including fisheries, aquaculture and maritime cultural heritage

• Supporting diversification inside or outside commercial fisheries, lifelong learning and job creation in fisheries and aquaculture areas

• Strengthening the role of fisheries communities in local development and the governance of local fisheries resources and maritime activities

• Enhancing and capitalising on the environmental assets of the fisheries and aquaculture areas, including operations to mitigate climate change

Cllr Rhodri Evans, Ceredigion council cabinet member responsible for economy and regeneration, said: “The Cardigan Bay FLAG aims to assist coastal communities and the local fishing industry to improve the economic prosperity and quality of life in the area.

“This is the perfect opportunity for people to come forward with ideas they may have to build successful, sustainable, economically viable local fishing and associated industries to meet current and future challenges.”

This project has received funding through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund, which is funded by the European Union and the Welsh Government.

To discuss ideas and for information regarding eligibility of support, contact Alison Kinsey the Cardigan Bay FLAG coordinator by emailing or call 01545 574162.