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European Fisheries Control Agency


The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) is an intergovernmental organisation consisting of 23 member countries promoting the development, conservation, rational management and best utilisation of living marine resources, as well as the sustainable development of aquaculture in the Mediterranean, Black Sea and connecting waters.

The EFCA coordinates the implementation of joint activities implemented under the GFCM conservation and management measures including the multiannual management plan for fisheries on small pelagic stocks in the GFCM-GSA 17 (Northern Adriatic Sea). Campaigns are planned, implemented and evaluated each year under the framework of the Mediterranean JDP in close cooperation with the European Commission, the Member State concerned and the EFCA.

To support these activities and more generally within the GFCM in the domain of fisheries control and inspection and, upon request of the European Commission, the EFCA also implements training workshops with GFCM members to enhance the capacity of inspection and control personnel and assist in the overall fight against Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing in the Mediterranean Black Sea and connecting waters.

EFCA staff also support the European Commission in the EU delegation in GFCM meetings both in the annual sessions as well as inter-sessional meetings of compliance committees and those working groups concerned with monitoring and control measures.