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.
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.