Within the framework of the joint deployment plan for cod in the North Sea coordinated by the Community Fisheries Control Agency (CFCA), a possible infringement, in which blinders were being utilised by a Dutch fishing vessel, was detected in the course of a joint operation involving three Member States (the Netherlands, France and Belgium).
The CFCA has adopted its sixth work programme for 2012, the first one within the mandate of his new Executive Director and has elected a new Chairman. Moreover, the budget adopted in the meeting for 2012 is of €9,31million, subject to the definitive adoption of the EU Budget for 2012 by the Budgetary Authority in the coming weeks.
Election of Chairman
The Community Fisheries Control Agency (CFCA) has just started up a joint deployment plan (JDP) for pelagic fisheries in Western Waters of the North East Atlantic. This JDP gives effect to the European Commission specific control and inspection programme for these fisheries exploiting herring, mackerel, horse mackerel, anchovy and blue whiting.
The Administrative Board of the Community Fisheries Control Agency, meeting in Vigo today, has announced the appointment of Mr Pascal Savouret as Executive Director. Mr Pascal Savouret, from France, has a solid background in fisheries control issues at European level. He has been Deputy Director for Fisheries at the French Direction of Fisheries and Aquaculture since 2009. He has twenty six year working experience in the Navy and in the French maritime affairs administration. He graduated at the Ecole d'administration des affaires maritimes in 1995.
The Community Fisheries Control Agency has organised the third annual seminar evaluating its operational activities. Whilst, in its first eddition, the issues debated revolved around best practices and guidelines for the future and, in the second one, around developing the concept of regional control areas, the third seminar aims focuses on the assessment of the effectiveness of the joint deployment plans.
For the fourth year, the Community Fisheries Control Agency (CFCA) coordinates the Joint Deployment Plan (JDP) for the Blue Fin Tuna fishery in the Mediterranean Sea and the Eastern Atlantic waters for 2011. Under this JDP, Member States pool their control and inspection means, both material and human, in order to carry out jointly control, inspection and surveillance of fishery activities both at sea and ashore. All these activities are coordinated by a team of national coordinators based in the premises of the CFCA.
The CFCA has adopted its annual report for 2010 at the meeting of the Administrative Board held on 15 of March. The annual report highlighted all the activities undertaken by the CFCA during that year. Moreover, at the meeting the Board discussed the multiannual work programme for 2012-2016 as well as the annual work programme and draft budget for 2012.
Lowri Evans, appointed Director General in the month of June 2010, pays her first visit to the Community Fisheries Control Agency, seated in Vigo (Spain), on 10-11 November. During the working meeting, the Director General has familiarised with the work of the CFCA and personally met the management of the Agency and its relevant staff members.
The CFCA has adopted its multiannual work programme for 2011-2015 and the fifth annual work programme for 2011. It will continue to undertake its activities around its two main strategic axes: Operational Coordination, through the consolidation and extension of the concept of joint deployment plans (JDP), and Capacity Building, focusing on helping Member States develop systems for effectively sharing and collecting data and intelligence.