EFCA ups its coordinated inspections

EFCA EFCA has assisted the EU in cooperating with developing countries and international fisheries organisations to help combat illegal fishing. Credit: EFCA

European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) performed 26,922 coordinated inspections in 2018, a 28% increase compared to 2017.

714 suspected infringements were detected, 15% less than in 2017. These were mostly concerning non-compliance with recording obligations and technical measures.

At international level, EFCA has assisted the European Union (EU) in cooperating with developing countries and international fisheries organisations to help combat Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing.

In 2018, the five-year EU-funded development project PESCAO kicked off, aiming to improve the fight against IUU fishing in Western Africa as well as contribute to sustainable fisheries management and the reduction of food insecurity in the region. As part of this project, EFCA provides technical assistance to 13 countries in the area.

Regional outreach

EFCA has also assisted the European Commission in its cooperation with the Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (NAFO, NEAFC, ICCAT and GFCM), to strengthen the operational coordination and compliance. As stated in the MEDFISH4EVER Declaration, EFCA has continued to cooperate with third countries in the Mediterranean to promote an effective level playing field in the area.

Providing trainings is an important part of EFCA’s work, with 1,496 inspectors and experts from EU and third countries participating in training events and e-learning in 2018.

To support the national authorities in their coastguard functions, EFCA hosted the first Annual European Coast Guard event in La Toja, Spain. The event brought together experts from other European agencies, such as EMSA and Frontex, to identify ways to better cooperate with and support Member States performing coastguard functions.

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