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What funding is available from FLAG?

Sorry, the current round of FLAG funding has closed. If a further round of funding comes available we let anybody who has registered for updates will be informed.

How much FLAG funding has Hastings received?

Hastings FLAG was awarded a total of £963,000 MMO targeted grant made up of: £481,500 European Fisheries Fund (EFF) and £481,500 DEFRA (national grant) as part of the EU’s Axis 4 Framework in April 2014 and runs until December 2015.

What are the objectives of the FLAG ?

The Strategic Objectives of the FLAG are:

  • To develop the concept of ‘Boat to Plate’ through: rebuilding a thriving local market for local fish; reconnecting communities with the fishing fleet and all it has to offer; converting visitors into informed consumers; raising awareness of the sustainability, quality and diversity of the local catch through education; improved marketing, and branding of all Hastings fish including those with MSC certification
  • To Build Resilience of the fishing industry through: addressing the ageing workforce of fishermen; replacing aging and failing equipment; upgrading diverse infrastructure to sustain fishing fleet and first sale landed fish; and create more access to industry training for existing fishermen plus apprenticeships and mentoring for new recruits.
  • Strengthening Stade Tourism though: capitalizing on the high visitor footfall on the Stade to benefit the fishermen and fishing industry; linking cultural activities on Stade Open Space with fishing through maritime themed programming; improved marketing of eco and food tourist value of Stade to visitors; build on success of Herring Fairs with stronger involvement of fishermen and promotion of local fish.
  • Strengthening the Fishing Community and organizations and the FLAG through: working with women in the industry and connected with fishermen; capacity building for representation and governance of fishing organizations; wider understanding of impact of policy issues on fishing industry

How can I keep up to date on what’s going on with FLAG ?

Sign up to our newsletter (LINK) and we’ll send the latest information straight to your registered email

Who runs the FLAG ?

The Hastings FLAG is a highly representative body of 33 individuals/organisations drawn from the fisheries, public, private and community sectors. The FLAG Executive Delivery Group (EDG) is a body of 6 members of the wider FLAG and is responsible for the day to day operations of the programme which is administered by the part-time HBC Flag manager and part-time compliance officer and the HVA employed full-time Animator

Who can access FLAG funding?

The FLAG funding is available to any organisation - public , private and community in the Hastings Area that can contribute to achieving one or more of the above strategic objectives

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