Making seafood products traceable from point-of-catch to point-of-sale is necessary to combat IUU fishing and achieve healthy fisheries. This is especially true for the EU, as the world’s leading seafood market which imports over 60% of its seafood.
We support the proposal for improved and digitised traceability. To improve the ability to verify that the source of the seafood is legal, we recommend that an International Maritime Organisation (IMO) number for all eligible fishing vessels be added to the IUU Catch Certificate, as well as details on catch area and gear.
Publications and media
- How relaxing misreporting rules could undermine the EU’s position in international fisheries negotiations
- From Net to Plate: Gaps and Benefits in Processed Seafood Traceability in the EU
- The EU purse seine fleet in the Indian Ocean
- Traceability fact sheet
- The need to count all the fish we catch
- Communication to MEPs on our key priorities