Month: April 2017


Source: Science Direct
Author: L. Guardonea, 1L. Tinaccia, 1F. CostanzoaD. AzzarelliaP. D’AmicoaG. TassellibA. MagnibA. GuidiaD. NuceracA. Armania,

The importation of fishery products into the European Union (EU) is constantly rising. The aim of this study was to conduct a survey on labeling non-compliances on fishery products imported from non-EU/extra-European countries, in collaboration with the veterinary staff of the Italian Ministry of Health Border Inspection Post of Livorno-Pisa (BIP)- The correspondence between the products’ identity and the scientific denominations reported on the accompanying certificates was checked using the DNA barcoding method.
Continue reading DNA barcoding as a tool for detecting mislabeling on incoming fishery products from third countries: An official survey conducted at the Border Inspection Post of Livorno-Pisa (Italy)


Source & Author: EJF

In recent years, Spain has taken significant steps to ensure its nationals are effectively sanctioned for involvement in IUU fishing activities. Following another set of fines against companies and individuals announced last week, we assess what may be learnt from the Spanish approach.

Continue reading Learning lessons from Spain’s experience of prosecuting nationals for involvement in illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing


Author: Grant Humphries of Black Bawks Data Science

The European Commission is currently developing an IT system to improve implementation of the catch certificate scheme which is a cornerstone of EU legislation aimed at barring illegal seafood imports. Here, IT expert Grant Humphries of Black Bawks Data Science describes how a relatively straightforward algorithm can be developed to assist officials in identifying potentially suspect consignments. Continue reading Combatting illegal fishing with computer algorithms: a model for IT-based risk assessment to support implementation of the EU IUU Regulation