Canada supports strengthened new requirements with Catch Certification

10 Feb 2010

The Fisheries and Oceans Canada Catch Certification Office issues catch certificates to Canadian exporters, in accordance with the European Union regulation combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

As a number of fishing seasons will begin in the spring, the Office says it is important to remind exporters to contact the Catch Certification Office, in order to prepare themselves to meet the new requirements. To date, nearly 150 companies have registered with the Fisheries Certificate System.

The new European Union regulation came into force on 1 January 2010. It applies to any country that exports fish and seafood products to the European Union. Under the regulation, the government of the exporting country must provide a catch certificate, attesting that the saltwater fish and the seafood are not from illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

The Fisheries Certificate System, managed by the Catch Certification Office, is an easy-to-use online system that enables exporters to quickly obtain catch certificates. The user can easily input the information needed to obtain a certificate. At the same time, the system effectively informs the Catch Certification Office, which is then able to make decisions quickly, which is of great importance for fresh products.

The Catch Certification Office opened officially on 1 December 2009, and has so far issued about 300 catch certificates. The Office ensures that all products exported to the European Union do not come from illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

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