Joint Deployment Plan (JDP)
NORTH SEA AND WESTERN WATERS
The cod stocks in the North Sea and adjacent waters
are subject to recovery measures aiming at bringing back the stock
to safe biological limits. In 2008, the Commission established a
specific control and inspection programme for the recovery of cod
stocks, which sets out the objectives, priorities and benchmarks
for control and inspection by Member States adopted by the Commission.
The EFCA executes a Joint Deployment Plan which gives effect to
the specific control and inspection programme for the recovery of
cod stocks. This is a continuation of an innovative and coordinated
effort to help Member States to combat over-fishing and to save
endangered cod stocks.
The Joint Deployment Plan (JDP) for the North Sea pools resources
(inspectors, control vessels, aircraft, etc), from seven coastal
Member States, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands,
Sweden and the United Kingdom, and uses them to ensure more effective
and uniform control of fishing activities. Member States concentrate
their inspections and surveillance activities on fishing vessels
using gear types that are likely to catch cod, either as a targeted
fishery or as by-catch. Such actions are undertaken on the basis
of risk analysis. There are also inspections of transport and marketing
of cod. Inspection teams consist of Community Fishery Inspectors
from different nationalities; the inspection vessels and surveillance
aircraft are pooled from different Member States. Inspection vessels
are able to enter the fishing zones of other Member States to carry
out inspections on board all fishing vessels present.
The EFCA oversees the implementation of the JDP
in close collaboration with the contact persons of the Member States
concerned. Member States take turns to be responsible for the running
of joint campaigns; for this purpose, they establish a Coordination
Centre in Charge, to which the Coordinators of the Agency give on-the-spot
assistance in order to deploy the available assets in the most efficient
way. This centre is assisted by other coordination centres in the
participating Member States.
Before the introduction of JDPs, there was some limited cooperation between certain Member States bordering the North Sea.