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Going digital: why an EU-wide database can help stop imports of illegal fish

Posted On: 11 Apr 2021   |   Posted By: Client Earth

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing threatens populations of fish, damages marine habitats, contributes to unfair competition between fishers and can jeopardise the food security of coastal communities.
IUU fishing is therefore a major cause of social, economic and environmental damage, and over the years, has contributed to losses of billions of euros, according to estimates. While the EU has been a pioneer in the fight against IUU fishing, fish imports are still accompanied by paper-based catch certificates, and there is no fully digital EU-wide system yet to share information between Member States.
This means the EU market remains vulnerable to imports caught through illegal fishing activities, hurting the business and livelihoods of legal operators.
Taking catch certificates online
EU Member States and operators could significantly improve the fight against IUU fishing if they replaced the paper-based catch certificate scheme with an EU-wide digitised system. Such a scheme - known as...

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