Fourth control campaign for bluefin tuna

25 May 2011
Member States will pool their control and inspection resources to monitor fishery activities

Member States will pool their control and inspection resources to monitor fishery activities

For the fourth year, the Community Fisheries Control Agency (CFCA) will coordinate the Joint Deployment Plan (JDP) for the bluefin tuna fishery in the Mediterranean Sea and 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 joint 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 plan, bringing together the European Commission, Member States and the CFCA, counts on the resources of the seven Member States involved in the fishery - Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal and Spain – as well as an EU inspection vessel chartered by the CFCA and covers all stages in the market chain. Inspection and surveillance at sea is carried both in EU waters and international waters and applies to EU and non-EU vessels.

This year, the CFCA will participate with its new EU inspection vessel for the control campaign, the Tyr, which, together with the Member States means, will enhance the inspection activities in the area.

The joint control, inspection and surveillance activities carried out under the JDP are coordinated by a special Technical Joint Deployment Group (TJDG) which decides on both the overall inspection and surveillance strategy and issues daily recommendations for control, inspection and surveillance activities by national and EU means, going by the daily data and information received by national enforcement authorities and from ICCAT.

In 2011, Member States and the CFCA will mobilise 22 vessels and nine aerial patrol means to ensure that the bluefin tuna recovery plan is respected. In total, 232 days of sea activity, 150 days of ashore activity and 198 flight hours are scheduled to take place throughout the campaign.


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