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A new platform for assisting in the fight against IUU fishing in the Mediterranean goes live

The e-FishMed e-learning platform was launched today to improve the effectiveness of training activities and to reinforce knowledge and competences of fisheries control and inspection staff in the Mediterranean and Eastern Atlantic areas. The platform counts already with 151 pre-registered users amongst the authorized e-FishMed Beneficiary Countries’ staff involved in fisheries control and inspection activities.

The platform will host e-learning modules and other training material such as video tutorials, manuals and international, regional and national legislation, allowing fisheries inspectors and fisheries monitoring centres’ operators to train themselves at anytime from anywhere. The platform will also provide tools and functionalities to reinforce life-long learning and to foster interchange of experiences and best practices between northern and southern Mediterranean countries.

The platform is at the core of the European Union (EU)-funded e-FishMed project, supported and implemented by the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA). The e-FishMed project contributes to harmonising fisheries control and inspection activities and promotes cooperation against Illegal, Unreported, Unregulated (IUU) fishing and the implementation of control of conservation and management measures in the Mediterranean. The project will also contribute to creating the conditions for a sustainable Blue Economy in that area. 

The launch coincided with the first e-FishMed Train-the-Trainers course, a three-day training session aimed to reinforce capacities, skills and competences of fishery inspectors involved in training activities for their peers. The training also had the objective of supporting the trainers in the use of the e-FishMed e-learning platform.

The course was hosted by Malta, one of the partner Member States of the E-FishMed project. 11 Fisheries inspectors from Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, Beneficiary Countries of the project, participated to the training.

More information on the e-FishMed e-learning platform at : Project e-FishMed | European Fisheries Control Agency (


EFCA is an EU agency that promotes the highest common standards for the control, inspection, and surveillance under the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). EFCA was established to organise operational coordination activities by the Member States and to assist them to cooperate so as to comply with the CFP rules in order to ensure its effective and uniform application. EFCA also supports non-EU countries in the framework of EU funded capacity building Projects.

The added value of the work of the agency lies in its contribution to sustainable fisheries by enhancing compliance with conservation and management measures and to a playing field for the fishing industry.