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18th Apr 13Managed by Chatham House
Financed by DEFRA
DFO launches certification system for exports
Canada - The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) initiated its new Catch Certification Office on Wednesday to support Canadian fish exports products affected by the European Union (EU) regulatory requirements going into effect on 1 January 2010.
The EU is Canada’s second-biggest market; it imported CAD 489 million (USD 467.3 million) in fish and seafood products last year.
"The global fish and seafood marketplace is evolving to support sustainability and combat harmful practices such as illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing", said DFO Minister Gail Shea. "I'm pleased our government has worked quickly and collaboratively with provincial governments and the fishing industry to ensure that Canadian exporters of fish and seafood products are able to respond and adjust to these new market requirements."
All illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing will be addressed by the new EU regulation’s measures. They will apply to any country exporting seafood to the EU.
Under these regulations, an exporting country’s federal government will have to provide a catch certificate along with its seafood products attesting that they come from non-IUU fisheries.
DFO, provincial governments and industry representatives have created a process to issue the necessary catch certificates for the EU. DFO's new Catch Certification Office and online application system, called the Fisheries Certificate System, will allow qualified applicants to obtain their certificates rapidly.
Growing consumer awareness about the origin, sustainability and safety of food and seafood products in particular, plus regulatory and non-regulatory changes to promote legal and sustainable fishing practices are driving these new market demands for information on seafood products.
The implementation of a traceability process like the catch certificate system will bear an array of benefits for the fishing industry. These include enhanced supply chain management, documentation of sustainable management practices, a basis for meeting other regulatory and non-regulatory market requirements in the future and easier compliance with labelling laws.
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