The Commission's authorities take a close interest in the effectiveness of the Agency in meeting its statutory EU monitoring and control obligations.
An important feature of its work, in terms of verifying the Industry's compliance, is reflected in the decreasing incidences of suspected and detected under-recording of landings by fishing vessels, as shown in the graphs below.
The quantities and species involved are variable.
The sharp downward trends since early 2005 reflect well on the Industry.
The Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme is given full support by the Agency, whose authority is consulted when accreditation is being considered. The statistics on landings referred to above play a part in the process.