The Fisheries Control and Surveillance Center (CCVP), also known internationally as FMC-PT (from the English Fishing Monitoring Center - Portugal) was created by Decree-Law No. 310/98, of 14 October, following the term of Council Regulation (EEC) No. 2847/93 of 12 October 1993, establishing a control system applicable to the Common Fisheries Policy, followed by Council Regulation (EC) No. 1224/2009 of 20 November 2009.

The CCVP is a structure with its own powers, which at the time of its creation was responsible for monitoring national fishing vessels regardless of the waters in which they operate or the port in which they are located, as well as fishing vessels in other Member States and third countries operating in Union waters under national sovereignty or jurisdiction.

Over the years and with the development of the rules of the Common Fisheries Policy, including the international duties of the European Union, within the framework of Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) and Agreements with third countries, and the fulfillment of Portugal's obligations , especially after the entry into force of Council Regulation (EC) No. 1005/2008 of 29 September 2008 and Council Regulation (EC) No. 1224/2009 of 20 November 2009, as well as the new Common Policy Fisheries, established by Regulation (EU) No. 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 11 December 2013, that the CCVP has strengthened its powers, assuming an increased importance in the control and coordination at the level of SIFICAP and the Union .

The CCVP works under the DGRM / DSMC, on a permanent basis, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.