The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) Administrative Board held its 34th meeting on 14 October. During this meeting, that took place online this time due to the COVID-19 related restrictions, the Administrative Board members elected a new Chair, Ms Veronika Veits and Deputy Chair Ms Melanie Seibert.
The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) provided additional operational support as requested by Cyprus in the context of the Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Joint Deployment Plan (JDP).
The JDPs are the vehicle through which the EFCA organises the deployment of human and material resources of control and inspection pooled by Member States and EFCA.
As a member of the project consortium, the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) is participating in the European Networking for satellite Telecommunication Roadmap for the governmental Users requiring Secure, inTeroperable, innovativE and standardiseD services, i.e. ENTRUSTED project.
The project kicked off on 15 September 2020 with a 30-month timeline and a budget of close to EUR 3 million allocated under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) services provided by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) have been successfully resumed on board the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) chartered fisheries Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Lundy Sentinel. These services were interrupted in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 crisis and related restrictions, even though Lundy Sentinel continued operating under COVID-19 protocols after having established safeguard measures.
The European Fisheries Control Agency is proud to present a refreshed look that includes a new logo and visual identity. The new visual identity aims to update the image of EFCA as the EU Agency promoting the highest standards in the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy.
The logo has been modernised and simplified to better integrate in a digital environment giving a recognisable and consistent image to EFCA in the concert of the EU decentralised agencies, executive agencies and other bodies as joint undertakings, etc.
On the occasion of the International Day for the Fight Against Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated fishing (IUU), we would like to highlight the ways EFCA contributes to this key priority for the EU:
- By providing training, which helps Member States fulfil their obligations under the IUU Regulation, raising awareness and providing guidance on technical issues, allowing the exchange of experiences and establishing a network of cooperation.
On 28 May 2020 and for one year, the European Fisheries Control Agency took over the rotating chairmanship of the European cooperation on Coast Guard functions, formalised through a Tripartite Working Arrangement between the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA), the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).
EFCA Administrative Board adopted the agency’s Annual Report for 2019. The agency supported the Member States and the European Commission in the implementation of the Control regime of the Common Fisheries Policy through the coordination of the Joint Deployments Plans, the development of specific projects related to assessment of compliance with the landing obligation (LO) and new technologies such as Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) and the implementation of capacity building operations in the framework of the international dimension.
Yesterday, at 13:14 GMT, a Portuguese trawler relayed a MAYDAY message to Lundy Sentinel reporting that an Estonian trawler required immediate assistance due to a fire on-board. Lundy Sentinel´s captain responded immediately to the assistance request and proceeded to the Estonian fishing vessel position. Weather conditions on the scene of action were wind 18 knots, swell 3 meters with a thick fog.