Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs)

Community Led Groups

Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs)

The FLAG scheme is a five year fisheries local development programme which has been allocated €12 million funding under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) Operational Programme. There are seven Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) recently selected as part of a competitive process under the community led local development element of the €240 million EMFF Operational Programme. The funding is 50% financed by the EU.

The seven FLAG areas are North East (Louth, Meath, Dublin), South East (Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford), South (Cork), South West (Kerry), West (Galway, Clare), North West (Mayo, Sligo), North (Donegal)

This initiative is focused on community-led development to enhance the economic opportunities and social sustainability of Fisheries and Aquaculture dependent areas. Each FLAG has, through a process of public consultation developed a Local development Strategy, aimed at supporting job creation, adding value, promoting innovation as well as enhancing environmental assets and promoting each area’s maritime cultural heritage.

A selection of FLAG funded projects


Applications are made directly to An Bord Iascaigh Mhara. To read more on the current scheme please go to our Funding page 


For more information on FLAGS in your area or an idea you may have for a project please contact your Regional Officer

Development Officer

Paul Downes

Regional Development Fisheries Officer - South East

John Hickey

Development Officer

Brenda O'Riordan

Inshore Fisheries Officer Galway/Connemara & Clare

Máirtín Ó Tuairisg

Regional Resource Development Officer NW -Mayo/Sligo

Declan Nee

Regional Development Officer - North (Donegal)

Frances O'Dwyer

Development Executive

Caroline Curraoin