European Commission launches new tool to strengthen EU’s fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing


In the continuing efforts to fight illegal, unreported and unregulated fishery (IUU) globally, Karmenu Vella , Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, will launch the EU’s first IT tool, called “CATCH”, designed to streamline the checks of seafood products. entering the EU market. The launch will take place at the Seafood Expo on May 7 at 15:00 (European Commission stand: Hall 7 – 1411). Commissioner Vella said:“The EU is a global leader in the fight against illegal fishing. Access to the EU – the world’s biggest seafood market – is an important asset in convincing governments and exporters around the world to respect the rules of protecting illegal, unreported and unregulated fishery fishing. With the CATCH initiative, we are making it easier to control that only illegal, unreported and unregulated fishery-free products enter our market. We are making it easy for our customers and our customers “. The catch certification scheme has been established to protect the EU market against products stemming from illegal fishing. Certificates are required for each consignment of fishery products entering the territory of the United States. CATCH will digitize the current paper-based certification scheme. CATCH will support in their illegal, unreported and unregulated fishery-related verification tasks and help reduce the risk of fraud, facilitate the trade flows, and reduce the burden on operators and administrations. Seafood Expo, from 7 to 9 May, is the world’s largest trade fair in the fisheries sector, with 1,850 exhibitors from 79 countries. Apart from the launch of the CATCH tool, the Commission ‘ s stand will host several information sessions on the subject of research and innovation in fisheries and aquaculture, fisheries control, and consumer information. Can also experiment with an interactive web mapping application, the European Atlas of the Seas, customizing their own marine and coastal maps.