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European Fisheries Control Agency


EFCA Administrative Board adopts its annual report for 2018


EFCA celebrated its 32nd Administrative Board meeting and adopted its Annual Report for 2018. 2018 was a year of intense activity, marking the tenth anniversary of the EFCA in Spain (Vigo). Throughout last year, EFCA combined its core tasks of operational coordination and fisheries control with its contribution to the EU Coast Guard cooperation. These were the main highlights:


Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) Extension of deadline for supply contract


The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) intends to award a supply contract of Equipment for a Regional Fisheries Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Centre (RC MCS) incorporating the pooled data of the FCWC Member States (Benin, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria and Togo), Third Countries and other parties, from their Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), Automatic Identification Service (AIS) and other sources such as Vessel Traffic Systems (VTS), Earth Satellite Observation (EO) etc. 

Joint fisheries surveillance operation organised in West Africa in the framework of the EU project PESCAO


In the framework of the EU cooperation PESCAO project, a joint fisheries surveillance operation to detect illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing was just undertaken, the operation Alexandre Baptista.  Under the coordination of the Subregional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) and with the technical and human support from EFCA, the joint operation brokered cooperation between Mauritania, Cabo Verde and Senegal. With the Coordination Centre in Senegal, representatives from all participating countries collected and exchanged fisheries information data.

EFCA adopts a Code of Conduct for all persons participating in EFCA activities


As part of EFCA´s commitment to Fundamental Rights, EFCA adopted a Code of Conduct for all persons participating in EFCA activities.

This document will provide a useful set of standards to all those working in Fisheries Control and other missions falling under the EU Coast Guard functions. Indeed, EFCA joint deployment plans, other operational plans, missions falling under European Coast Guard function and activities at sea and ashore represent the European Union, its professionalism and values including the rule of law and full respect of fundamental rights.

EFCA trains officials from the West of Africa


Officials from West Africa have been trained by EFCA in Vigo on Control and Inspection, in the framework of the cooperation project PESCAO this week. The officials came from Senegal, Guinea Bissau, Cape Verde, Sierra Leone, Gambia, Mauritania, Ghana, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo, Benin and Nigeria and were selected in cooperation with our two partner organisations, the Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) and the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC).

Joint fisheries control campaign in Western Waters


The offshore patrol vessel chartered by the European Fisheries Control Agency, the Lundy Sentinel, will carry out a patrol in European Western Waters in cooperation with the Irish fisheries control authority, the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority.

This operation takes place in the framework of the Joint Deployment Plan (JDP) for Western Waters. The Joint Deployment Plan is the legal and operational vehicle the EFCA uses for pooling fisheries control means of the Member States at sea, in the air and ashore based on a regional risk analysis developed by the Member States and EFCA.

EFCA adopts its Programming Document for 2019 keeping up with its current commitments and priorities


The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) has adopted its Programming Document for 2019 in its Administrative Board meeting of 10 October 2018, the day after the celebration of its 10th year anniversary in Spain (Vigo). The Programming Document confirms that the core mission of the Agency will continue to be enshrined in the operational coordination of Member States' control and inspection activities.