Under the umbrella of EMPACT (European Multidisciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats) and the priority of Environmental Crime, during the week of 03-07 May 2021, a Joint Action Day (JAD) took place, in the framework of Operational Action (OA) on Illegal Fishing.
Yesterday the European Commission has adopted the recommendation establishing a ‘Practical Handbook’ on European cooperation on coast guard functions. The Handbook will be made available as an online platform operated by EFCA in close cooperation with EMSA, Frontex and the Commission and updated with Agencies’ and Member States information. . It contains guidelines, recommendations and best practices for the exchange of information on coast guard functions.
The Annual European Coast Guard Event for 2021 under the theme of “Use of digital age technologies in Coast Guard functions” was held virtually on 29 June 2021. The event was hosted by EFCA at the end of its turn as chair of the tripartite cooperation in support of the European coast guard initiative with the other two maritime EU Agencies, EMSA and Frontex.
The Annual Event provides a platform for national authorities, the EU agencies involved and the European Commission to exchange views on matters related to cooperation on coast guard functions.
Denmark has established a Real Time Closure (RCT) in their waters of the Skagerrak from the 24 of June to the 14 of July 2021, inclusive.
This RTC is based on the Commission Regulation (EC) no 724/2010 of 12 August 2010
Further conditions governing fisheries during an RTC will apply. The area is closed for fishery except for the following gears:
EFCA is coordinating the control campaign for the bluefin tuna fishery (BFT) in the Mediterranean Sea for 2021 in the framework of its Joint Deployment Plan (JDP). In this context, Member States pool their control and inspection means, in order to carry out jointly control, inspection and surveillance of fishery activities both at sea and ashore.
Following the recent amendment to the budget of the European Union for 2021 proposed by the European Commission and adopted by the European Parliament and the Council, the Administrative Board of the European Fisheries Control Agency, in its online meeting today, has decided to amend the agency work programme and budget 2021 onwards authorising the recruitment of 6 additional civil servants and a 4 million euros budget increase.
The European Fisheries Control Agency, in cooperation with the Member States Control Expert Group for the Baltic Sea Fisheries Forum (BALTFISH), has carried out an evaluation of compliance with the landing obligation (LO) in selected fisheries in the Baltic Sea during 2017 and 2018.
The evaluation covered plaice, in addition to the species already included in the previous analysis, which were cod, Atlantic salmon, herring and sprat.
Denmark has established a Real Time Closure in their waters of the Skagerrak from the 26 of May 2021 to the 15 of June 2021 at midnight.
The Danish Fisheries Agency by inspection of a fishing vessel in accordance with Commission Regulation (EC) no 724/2010 of 12 August 2010, have revealed that the amount of juvenile fish in the catches is found to be too high.
Due to this information, it has been decided to close an area for the period from 28 of April 2021 to the 18 of May 2021 at midnight.
From 18 April to 2 May 2021, in the framework of the EU-funded Program PESCAO, EFCA supported the joint control operation “Stingray” organised by the Subregional Fisheries Commission (SRFC), a regional fisheries body based in Dakar (Senegal) that brings together 7 Western African countries to enhance the sustainable management of fisheries resources in the area.
The Administrative Board of the European Fisheries Control Agency endorsed the evaluation mandate for the next Five-Year Independent External Evaluation of EFCA. The evaluation will provide an external and independent review of Agency’s progress and achievements for the period 2017-2021.