EFCA will help detecting refugee boats


Refugees and migrants sit on a Hellenic Coast Guard vessel, following a rescue operation, at the port of Mytilene on Lesvos island, Greece, 22 March 2016. According to Greek Coast Guard, a total of 1,344 refugees and migrants have been rescued since 18 March 2016 in 26 different incidents in the sea region of Lesvos, Chios and Samos.

The European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) is responsible for centralizing and coordinating EU Member States’ fisheries inspection

The ship reporting systems owned to the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA) will support the efforts of the EU authorities to detect refugee boats.

Today, most probably before the Brussels terrorist’s attacks, the members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Fisheries decided that EFCA needs to be empowered to use the data provided by its ship reporting systems to detect vessels carrying migrants. The Agency will also be able to conduct new types of operations to disrupt people smug...

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