FLAG Partnership

FLAG Partnership


The FLAG was a partnership of 14 member organisations reflecting the public, private and third sectors. Many member organisations were also represented in the Aberdeenshire Community Planning Partnership. Aberdeenshire Council acted as Lead Partner for the AEFF Programme. A Service Level Agreement (SLA) between the Scottish Government and Aberdeenshire Council set out the roles and responsibilities of the lead partner. (Members & Links)


The FLAG was responsible for implementation of the AEFF Strategy. The FLAG was also responsible for the overall management of the AEFF Strategy and associated local policy issues. Specifically it:


  • Invited and approved project applications in support of the strategy
  • Reviewed progress made towards achieving targets set in the business plan
  • Set up and reviewed monitoring and evaluation exercises
  • Advised on communication and publicity strategies
  • Advised on sources of match funding


Following community consultations in preparation of the AEFF Strategy, the FLAG’s objectives through delivery of the Strategy were to:


  • Improve social and community cohesion
  • Improve infrastructure that allows for diversification from fisheries only related activities
  • Improve tangibly the local environment and access to it
  • Improve the conditions for economic development and regeneration
  • Add value to fish products
  • Promote the cultural heritage of Aberdeenshire’s fishing communities


The priorities the AEFF Strategy focused on were:


  • Economic diversification
  • Versatile workforce
  • Tourism related infrastructure
  • Sustainable Tourism Development
  • Innovative Value Added Products and Markets
  • Strengthening competitiveness of fisheries areas
  • Inter-regional and transnational co-operation