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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.

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.