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European Fisheries Control Agency


EFCA presents its new visual identity


The European Fisheries Control Agency is proud to present a refreshed look that includes a new logo and visual identity. The new visual identity aims to update the image of EFCA as the EU Agency promoting the highest standards in the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy. 


The logo has been modernised and simplified to better integrate in a digital environment giving a recognisable and consistent image to EFCA in the concert of the EU decentralised agencies, executive agencies and other bodies as joint undertakings, etc.


International Day for the Fight Against IUU


On the occasion of the International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated fishing (IUU), we would like to highlight the ways EFCA contributes to this key priority for the EU:


  • By providing training, which helps Member States fulfil their obligations under the IUU Regulation, raising awareness and providing guidance on technical issues, allowing the exchange of experiences and establishing a network of cooperation.


EFCA´s turn to lead the EU Coast Guard cooperation for the next 12 months


On 28 May 2020 and for one year, the European Fisheries Control Agency took over the rotating chairmanship of the European cooperation on Coast Guard functions, formalised through a Tripartite Working Arrangement between the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA), the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).

EFCA Annual Report for 2019 adopted by the agency’s Administrative Board


EFCA Administrative Board adopted the agency’s Annual Report for 2019. The agency supported the Member States and the European Commission in the implementation of the Control regime of the Common Fisheries Policy through the coordination of the Joint Deployments Plans, the development of specific projects related to assessment of compliance with the landing obligation (LO) and new technologies such as Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) and the implementation of capacity building operations in the framework of the international dimension.

EFCA´s chartered patrol vessel Lundy Sentinel has provided assistance to an Estonian fishing vessel in NAFO Regulatory Area


Yesterday, at 13:14 GMT, a Portuguese trawler relayed a MAYDAY message to Lundy Sentinel reporting that an Estonian trawler required immediate assistance due to a fire on-board. Lundy Sentinel´s captain responded immediately to the assistance request and proceeded to the Estonian fishing vessel position. Weather conditions on the scene of action were wind 18 knots, swell 3 meters with a thick fog.

The Sub-regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC), the EFCA and France fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU)


"Operation" Sardinelle ", a fishery surveillance operation in which Member States of the Sub-regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) cooperated to detect Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing, took place from 23 to 26 January 2020.

RPAS surveillance flights being used to enhance fisheries control


The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) has been closely cooperating with the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) to support enhanced fisheries control by providing additional surveillance capacity from a remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS). EMSA has made available a quadcopter for flights taking off from EFCA’s chartered offshore patrol vessel, the Lundy Sentinel, and operating over areas of interest in the Mediterranean Sea, western waters of the North-East Atlantic Ocean, North Sea and Baltic Sea.

Evaluation suggests non-compliance with the Landing Obligations in certain fisheries in the North Sea and North Western Waters


The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) in cooperation with the Member States Control Expert Groups (CEGs) has carried out an evaluation of compliance with the Landing Obligation (LO) in selected fisheries in the North Sea and North Western Waters. The evaluation was performed over the period 2015-2017 for mackerel fisheries and over 2016-2017 for North Sea fisheries targeting cod, plaice and sole and for North-western waters fisheries targeting haddock, hake and whiting.

EFCA adopts its Work Programme for 2020 and multiannual strategic priorities with a renewed approach to cooperation


The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) Administrative Board, in its 33th meeting held on 22 October in Vigo (Spain), has adopted the Single Programming Document (SPD) for 2020-2024, comprising of a complete overview of the resources allocated to the Agency in accordance with planned objectives, indicators and deliverables for the coming years. The budget for 2020 is of EUR 17.6 million, subject to the adoption of the European Union (EU) budgetary authority.