The administrative board of the European Fisheries Control Agency has appointed Dr Susan Steele as executive director with effect from 1 September 2021.
Dr Steele has been executive chair and chief executive of the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority of Ireland since 2013. Before that, she was head of innovation at the Seafood Development Centre from 2009 to 2013 and head of aquaculture and business training in Ireland´s Seafood Development Board from 2006 to 2009.
She holds a PhD from the National University of Ireland, an MBA, a Master’s in Education and a Bachelor’s in Marine Biology. Under the supervision of the administrative board, the executive director is responsible for managing the agency and executing its day-to-day operations.
Annual Report adoption
The board has also adopted the agency’s annual report for 2020. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has meant the agency has had to adapt its business model but has nevertheless successfully carried out its legal and operational obligations totalling 38,452 inspections leading to 1,787 suspected infringements.
The agency also carried out work around the impact of Brexit as well as assisting member states with risk assessment, compliance evaluation, provisions for landing obligations and monitoring technologies. It continued to contribute to the fight against IUU fishing and was involved in the delivery of the first version of the handbook on the European Cooperation on Coast Guard.
The EFCA chartered vessel Lundy Sentinel remained operational during the year, providing a control and inspection platform in the North Atlantic Regional Fisheries Management Organisations NAFO and NEAFC.