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European Fisheries Control Agency


New Real Time Closure (RTC) established by Sweden


Sweden has established a Real Time Closure in the context of  Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/2201 of 1 October 2019 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1241 of the European Parliament and of the Council with detailed rules for the implementation of real-time closures for Northern prawn fisheries in the Skagerrak.

Further details can be found on the Swedish website.

EFCA adopts its Work Programme for 2021 and multiannual strategy to address evolving needs and priorities


The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) Administrative Board held its 34th meeting on 14 October. During this meeting, that took place online this time due to the COVID-19 related restrictions, the Administrative Board members elected a new Chair, Ms Veronika Veits and Deputy Chair Ms Melanie Seibert.

EFCA provides support to Cyprus in cooperation with Frontex during an airborne mission of fisheries surveillance


The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) provided additional operational support as requested by Cyprus in the context of the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Joint Deployment Plan (JDP).

The JDPs are the vehicle through which the EFCA organises the deployment of human and material resources of control and inspection pooled by Member States and EFCA.

EFCA support to the Horizon 2020 ENTRUSTED project for secure satellite communications


As a member of the project consortium, the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) is participating in the European Networking for satellite Telecommunication Roadmap for the governmental Users requiring Secure, inTeroperable, innovativE and standardiseD services, i.e. ENTRUSTED project.

The project kicked off on 15 September 2020 with a 30-month timeline and a budget of close to EUR 3 million allocated under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

EMSA’s RPAS surveillance flights in support of EFCA’s fisheries control resumed


The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) services provided by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) have been successfully resumed on board the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) chartered fisheries Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Lundy Sentinel. These services were interrupted in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis and related restrictions, even though Lundy Sentinel continued operating under COVID-19 protocols after having established safeguard measures.