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EU Bluefin tuna fishing season monitoring in the Mediterranean at the core of EFCA coordination

 The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) is coordinating the fisheries control for bluefin tuna campaign in the framework of its Joint Deployment Plan (JDP) from the end of May until the end of the season. In this context, Member States (MS) and EFCA will pool their control and inspection means to jointly implement monitoring, control and surveillance activities.

The objective of the control campaign is to ensure compliance with the international and EU rules adopted for the conservation of the bluefin tuna. In preparation of the campaign, EFCA has been assisting EU MS in the training to their national inspectors.


EFCA will coordinate the activity of EU fisheries control means towards EU and third country fishing vessels in international waters under the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Joint Scheme of International Inspection.  The joint control, inspection and surveillance activities will be coordinated from EFCAs centre in Vigo with the participation of experts from the eight Member States involved in the fishery: Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, and Spain.


Overall, inspection and surveillance strategy and daily recommendations will be provided on the basis of the data and information received by national authorities and ICCAT in the context of the Joint Scheme of International Inspection.