Author: Marc Godfrey
A new digitized import database system in the European Union will make it harder for illegally caught fishery products to enter the world’s most lucrative market, according to the bloc’s top marine official.
The new CATCH software, launched by Commissioner Karmenu Vella during Seafood Expo Global 2019, responsible for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in the E.U.’s executive body, will allow authorities to share and cross-reference the catch certificates required for each consignment of fishery products entering the E.U.
The old paper-based system was easy to tamper with and “difficult to verify” leading to an “uneven level of implementation” across member states, according to Vella. Vella said he wants to have the system up and running on a compulsory basis in 2021 once it’s approved by the E.U. council and parliament, the bloc’s two other decision-making bodies.