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Region:    Europe

Feasibility study of the Community Fisheries Control Agency EC

DG Fisheries (European Commission) - Project Dates:
December 2004 - August 2005

Description of Project:
Study to provide DG Fisheries with a strategic assessment of the benefits and costs of a Community Fisheries Control Agency (CFCA) with responsibility for a Joint Inspection Structure for the monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) of fishing activities within EC waters. The report examines a number of strategies to combine the MCS capabilities of the individual Member States for providing a strengthened and unified approach. The work also includes a Business Plan for the proposed new Agency. A key element to the work was an extensive stakeholder consultation exercise where teams visited all (new and old) Member States in order to determine their individual capacities as well as the scope and willingness to combine forces with neighbouring and other countries. Based on this consultation, recommendations were made on the optimal approach and structure for consideration by the Commission. Project conducted in association with MRAG (UK), Oceanic Développement (F), Deloitte Touche (B) and Lamans (Gr).

Services Provided:
Poseidon staff were specifically responsible for the following contributions:
  • Assessment of MS capacity and deployment efficiencies
  • Role of the Commission
  • Assessment of cooperation and coordination agreements (NAFO, Norway, EC countries)
  • Training & capacity development
  • Impact assessment and cost benefit
  • Stakeholder consultation and assessment of views. Poseidon also inputted extensively into the design structure of the Agency and accompanying business plan.