The European Fisheries Control Agency has adopted its Programming Document for 2018 in its Administrative Board meeting of 18 October 2017. The activities and required resources defined in the Programming Document serve as the necessary means to further strengthen EFCA's capacity in achieving its mission and tasks.
EFCA has implemented a pilot project for fisheries control to improve compliance with the adopted conservation measures in the Strait of Sicily as regards hake and deep water rose shrimp following 2016 General Fisheries Council for the Mediterranean (GFCM’s) recommendation.
Interagency cooperation between EFCA and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) was taken a step further following a request for an inspection vessel by EFCA. EMSA identified the Aegis I vessel as the most suitable option for EFCA’s needs, given the vessel’s characteristics and usual area of operation.
Barcelona, Cambrils, Turku. Once again, EU cities have been hit by terror and flags are flying half-masted in the main institutional buildings.
The European Fisheries Control Agency staff would like to express their strong condemnation to these criminal attacks and their support to the work being carried out by all EU national authorities to fight the scourge of violence.
Today, in EFCA's premises in Vigo, control authorities of GFCM (General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean) Contracting Parties participated in a technical meeting regarding the pilot project.
The meeting's agenda included finalising an operational plan, exploring an operational Memorandum of Understanding, as well as discussing the availability and modalities for information exchange.
EFCA mourns today the victims of the forest fires that occurred in Portugal and would like to express its great sadness and solidarity with the Portuguese people. Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of all those affected by these tragic events.
Last week (23-26/05/2017), representatives from 20 European countries with sea borders joined Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, along with officials from the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA), and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) in Portugal to move forward with the cooperation on European coast guard functions.