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EFCA’s Administrative Board issues recommendations for the next five years and adopts its Work Programme for 2023

The European Fisheries Control Agency Administrative Board has issued recommendations to guide the work of the Agency for the next five year period. The meeting took place one day after the organisation of a seminar open to EFCA’S stakeholders dedicated to the outcomes of the five year independent external evaluation of the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA).

External evaluations are a key tool in assessing the performance of public bodies such as EFCA.  The European Commission underlined the overall positive results on all criteria assessed.

EFCA Guidelines on the Control of Acoustic Deterrent Devices (ADDs)

The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) has coordinated a working group of Member States and technical experts to examine the control of Acoustic Deterrent devices (ADDs).

The output of this WG has been the publication of specific guidelines on the control requirements relating to Acoustic Deterrent Devices, as a guidance to assist in the inspection of ADDs.

The document can now be consulted here (

eFish-Med: EFCA´s support to a new virtual fisheries control academy for the Mediterranean

The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) supports the EU project “Mediterranean virtual regional training academy on fisheries control and inspection (e-FishMed)", which has kicked off today in a first meeting with representatives from the participating countries, the European Commission and the consortium of the WestMed Assistance Mechanism.

New Real-Time Closure (RTC) established by Belgium

Belgium has established a new Real-Time Closure (RTC) in the North Sea:

For the period from the 23 of April 2022 to the 14 of May 2022 (See more Information).


The area is closed for fishery except for the following gears:

(a) pelagic trawls, purse seines, driftnets and jiggers targeting herring,

mackerel, and horse mackerel;

(b) pots;

(c) scallop dredges; and

(d) gillnets