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The Handbook on European Cooperation on coast guard functions has been adopted

21/07/2021

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.

Annual European Coast Guard Event 2021 : Use of digital age technologies in Coast Guard functions

29/06/2021

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.

The specific control campaign of the bluefin tuna purse seine and traps kicks off

07/06/2021

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.

EFCA Administrative Board amends the work programme for 2021 and budget to accommodate additional resources

04/06/2021

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.

EFCA has carried out an evaluation of compliance with the landing obligation in selected fisheries in the Baltic Sea

28/05/2021

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.

New Real Time Closure (RTC) established by Denmark

26/05/2021

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.

EFCA supports the operation “Stingray” organised by the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission with analysis and aerial surveillance

21/05/2021

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[1] to enhance the sustainable management of fisheries resources in the area.

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