The European Fisheries Control Agency

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Publication Date May 2016
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Based in Vigo (Spain), the European Fisheries Control Agency was established in 2005 to support enforcement of the rules applicable under the EU Common Fisheries Policy.

The Agency fosters cooperation between national authorities and coordinates the operational side of specific joint deployments of national inspections and controls of fishing and fishing-related activities, both at sea and on land.

It also contributes to training, the provision of inspection handbooks and the promotion of best practice. It collaborates with other EU bodies and agencies in the field of maritime affairs, notably on the development of the EU's integrated maritime surveillance capacities.

In the future, it may become part of a new European Border and Coast Guard capacity, an initiative proposed by the European Commission in 2016.

Author: Jean Weissenberger.

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