On 11-12 April 2018, the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) hosted the first European Annual Coast Guard event which took place in La Toja, Spain. It was co-organised by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), the European Fisheries Control Agency and the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and brought together more than 120 participants from Member States’ national authorities responsible for the various coast guard functions, the three relevant EU Agencies as well as the European Commission.
The Annual European Coast Guard Event is taking place in La Toja (Spain) on 11-12 April 2018. National authorities performing coast guard functions and other EU and international partners will be able to provide consultation and feedback on the Agencies’ cross-sectoral, cross-border cooperation activities. The event shall facilitate the identification of possible future cooperation activities relevant to the stakeholder communities of the three Agencies: the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, the European Fisheries Control Agency and the European Maritime Safety Agency.
The European Fisheries Control Agency will be present at the European Commission Stand of the Seafood Exposition on 24-26 April with new publications, presentations and a video. You can find more information of the stand on https://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/seafood-expo-global-2018_en. We are looking forward to meeting you there and give you an insight of the work EFCA is carrying out today!
During its meeting of 14 March 2018, the EFCA Administrative Board adopted the annual report reflecting all the activities undertaken by the EFCA during 2017, an outstanding year for EFCA due to increased resources and growing tasks.
EFCA achieved important results in promoting cooperation amongst Member States, assisting the European Commission and contributing to a strengthened European Union system of monitoring, control and surveillance, with a view to guaranteeing a level playing field and a culture of compliance in the most cost-efficient way.
The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) has recently issued a recommendation regarding a multiannual management plan for turbot in the Black Sea (GFCM/41/2017/4).
Following the publication of an open call for tender, the EFCA has awarded the contract for chartering an offshore EU fisheries patrol vessel to a consortium led by Sentinel Marine Ltd for the vessel Lundy Sentinel, a British flagged Multi-Role Field Support Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel (ERRV) built in 2015.
The European Fisheries Control Agency’s (EFCA) chartered vessel AEGIS I is since the 1st December deployed in the Adriatic Sea within the joint deployment plan of the Mediterranean. For this patrol EFCA is collaborating with Greece, Italy and Croatia who have deployed inspectors on board EFCA's vessel for all or part of the period.
On 30 November, EFCA co-hosted in Madrid the second annual meeting of the Coast Guard Functions Implementing Group, co-chaired with the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).
During the meeting the agencies presented the activities carried out in the framework of the support to the coast guard functions. The meeting was also an important moment to discuss the projects that will be developped to provide assistance to Member States.
This week in EFCA's premises a group of inspectors from the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) from the EU and Canada are participting in a workshop about conservation and enforcement measures. International cooperation strenghtens as participants discuss recent infringement cases to improve procedures.