Joint Deployment Plan
Cod stocks in the Baltic Sea are subject to a long
-term recovery plan with a view to bring the stock to safe biological
limits. The Commission has established a specific control and enforcement
plan to ensure the application of the recovery plan. Bringing the
Specific Control and Inspection Programme into effect, the EFCA
has adopted a Joint Deployment Plan (JDP) in 2008.
Back in 28 - 29 March 2007, a conference was organised by the Baltic States Regional Advisory Council (RAC) in Copenhagen to clarify some of the central problems surrounding the cod fishery in the Baltic. The RAC conference concluded that unreported catches of the Baltic cod were the main problem associated with non compliance. It was agreed that Members States of the Baltic region would undertake as well to coordinate, strengthen and harmonize fisheries inspection and control.
In terms of comparison between the control activities
coordinated in 2007 by the EFCA (at the moment called JISS since
it had a different legal basis) and the JDP in 2008, the number
of coordinated days of control activity increased from 92 day to
128, as well as the number of inspection (sea / ashore) multiplied
for more than four times (from 500 to 2063). The large number of
inspections brings evidence of the obvious strong willingness of
border Baltic Member States (MS) to fight against unreported cod
catches. Yet, the question of assessment of the current situation
remains and the under declaration of cod catches still is considered
a recurrent problem.
The EFCA's most important role is not to bring
evidence of that misreporting but giving tactical advice to the
coordination centre in charge, giving a better chance to Member
States to improve its general level of compliance with CFP rules.
In general, the JDP has resulted in enhanced cooperation between
Member States, not only at sea or in ports but also on a managerial
level. Knowledge was exchanged and inspectors are now fully aware
of existing similarities and differences related to inspection work,
creating a momentum for further development of standard methodologies
and improving the efficiency of the JDP.
Planning, coordination, training, priority to control of landing / boarding at sea, etc. are amongst the issues to be tackled. All these important items have been discussed together with Member States at an assessment seminar in Vigo in July as well as in Riga at the end of September at an expert group chaired by the Commission.
The decisions taken and the results obtained at the next JDP will be timely updated at the web.