The North Thames Fisheries Local Action Group (NTFLAG) is a Community-Led Local Development initiative to foster a sustainable fishing industry in the North Thames. The NTFLAG aims to embed the fishing industry in Leigh-on-Sea into the heart of North Thames coastal communities, by funding projects to bring local fisheries to the forefront, ranging from marketing projects to environmental monitoring and infrastructure studies. The North Thames FLAG area covers Thurrock to Shoeburyness on the Essex coastline. ​

The NTFLAG funding round is drawing to a close in March 2020, where all of the funded projects will be published and information made available. 

For any information on the projects, funding or other queries please get in touch.


You can find out more about the North Thames FLAG programme and the key priority areas by reading our Local Development Strategy:


Please Note: The North Thames FLAG has stopped accepting funding applications as of March 2019. Information about projects will be posted soon on their completion. Wider/EMFF Core applications are still being accepted by the Marine Management Organisation – information can be found here: 


Support and Capacity for North Thames fleet is continuing working with local partners. To view the North Thames FLAG funded projects wait for the annual report, (to be published soon).  


The program is funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund between 2017 and 2020. The North Thames FLAG is managed by Thames Estuary Partnership and Cultural Engine, working with the Marine Management Organisation and many local and national partners including local fishermen and cocklers, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Leigh Port Partnership, Leigh Town Council, Port of London Authority, Essex Wildlife Trust, University of Essex and Kent and Essex IFCA.​ ​These organisations make up the project board, which convenes every two months to discuss project ideas to fund. 

You can view agendas and meeting minutes in the link below. 

Thames Estuary Partnership

University College London
Office for the Vice-Provost (Research)
Room 117
26 Bedford Way 
London, WC1H 0AP
United Kingdom

Tel: 020 7679 8855


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