The Association of Local Channel Ports (APLM) is based on the implementation of the European Space Channel Project Development Initiative (DIPS: 2004-2007). One of the objectives of this project were the networking ports Space Channel with a willingness to recognize the Channel area as a coherent area of the European Union, and to strengthen the dynamics of cooperation between local ports Channel, combining both the Local Authorities port owners and dealers, including Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The APLM, created on February 1, 2007 in Saint Brieuc includes 19 French side ports of Commerce along the Channel coast from Calais to Douarnenez. The French Federation of Local Ports Channel which includes 36 secondary ports in France. The APLM objectives are: To ensure the sustainability "small" port development; to cooperate through a formal cooperation agreement; to develop a global vision, that enables small ports to adapt to constraints and anticipate opportunities to collaborate and seize on new opportunities for development.