THE European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) has included Baltic salmon in the current Baltic joint deployment plan (JDP), in a bid to ensure more accurate reporting of this valuable fishery.
The measure brings salmon regulations in line with the amendment of the European Commission specific control and inspection programme for the cod stocks in the Baltic.
Recent advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) suggests that a significant part of catches from the Baltic salmon fishery may be misreported, which may have serious negative impact on the status of that stock. The EFCA's most important role is to coordinate the control efforts of Member States to improve the fisheries control and to create a level playing field for all participants in the fishery.
The EFCA will coordinate the deployment of control and inspection means of the Member States in the Baltic Sea, the organisation of mixed teams of inspectors of different nationalities and the exchange of information in real time between Member States competent authorities. The sharing of information will allow following a common inspection strategy according to the risk management.
In general, the JDP for cod socks in the Baltic Sea has resulted in enhanced cooperation between Member States, not only at sea or in ports but also on a managerial level. Knowledge has been extensively exchanged and inspectors are now fully aware of existing similarities and differences related to inspection work. With the addition of the control of salmon in this area we are taking the experience to the next level improving the efficiency of the JDP, said Pascal Savouret, Executive Director of the EFCA.
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