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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 FisheriesControl and other missions falling under the EUCoastGuard 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.

Participation of the Agency in Vigo SeaFest festival 2018


This year, marking the first decade of EFCA in Vigo, the Agency was the sponsor of several workshops for children in the local summer festival Vigo SeaFest.

The aim was to contribute to raising awareness on sustainability among the future generations, so that they get to know the marine ecosystems and the need to protect our natural resources from a very early age.



EU agencies meet on future activities of the European Coast Guard


On 11-12 April 2018, the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) hosted the first European Annual Coast Guard event which took place in La Toja, Spain. It was co-organised by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), the European Fisheries Control Agency and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and brought together more than 120 participants from Member States’ national authorities responsible for the various coast guard functions, the three relevant EU Agencies as well as the European Commission.

Annual European Coast Guard Event, 11-12 April 2018


The Annual European Coast Guard Event is taking place in La Toja (Spain) on 11-12 April 2018. National authorities performing coast guard functions and other EU and international partners will be able to provide consultation and feedback on the Agencies’ cross-sectoral, cross-border cooperation activities. The event shall facilitate the identification of possible future cooperation activities relevant to the stakeholder communities of the three Agencies: the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, the European Fisheries Control Agency and the European Maritime Safety Agency.