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The EFCA Administrative Board appoints the new Executive Director and adopts the Agency Annual Report of 2020


The Administrative Board of the European Fisheries Control Agency, in its online meeting, has appointed Dr Susan Steele as Executive Director. Dr Susan Steele from Ireland has a solid background in fisheries management and control. She has been Executive Chair and CEO of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority of Ireland since 2013. Before that, she was Head of Innovation at the Seafood Development Centre from 2009 to 2013 and Head of Aquaculture and Business Training in Ireland´s Seafood Development Board from 2006 to 2009.

New Real Time Closure (RTC) established by Sweden


Sweden has established a Real Time Closure in the context of  Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/2201 of 1 October 2019 supplementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1241 of the European Parliament and of the Council with detailed rules for the implementation of real-time closures for Northern prawn fisheries in the Skagerrak.

Further details can be found on the Swedish website.

EFCA adopts its Work Programme for 2021 and multiannual strategy to address evolving needs and priorities


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.

EFCA provides support to Cyprus in cooperation with Frontex during an airborne mission of fisheries surveillance


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.

EFCA support to the Horizon 2020 ENTRUSTED project for secure satellite communications


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.