Developing Policy Recommendations on the exclusion of Illegal Fishery Products from Supply Chains in UK

The overall objective of the study was to contribute to developing a range practical policy options related to port and market measures that will contribute to excluding IUU product from EU markets. The study included the following three components:

1. Characterisation of the existing and potential vulnerability of our entry points for fish into the EU single market

2. Inclusion of perspectives from existing certification and traceability measures

3. Making recommendations for proportionate and responsive policy backed by effective legislation

The study used two UK-focussed case studies as examples: Barents Sea cod and other whitefish and demersal fish from West Africa.  Both are subject to IUU fishing and would require specific measures to address this. One of the recommended measures was traceability, similar to the eventual EU IUU Regulation.These two case studies were used to explore the supply chains into the EU market, the possible points at which illegal products could enter the supply chains, and the risk involved at each stage.



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Thursday, 1 May, 2008 to Wednesday, 31 December, 2008

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  • Data collection and review
  • Case studies reviewing the effectiveness of industry measures such as traceability systems and sourcing policy in combating IUU
  • Creation of risk assessment template
  • Evaluate effectiveness of new proposals to combat IUU
  • Policy development recommendations

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Name of Client: 

Department For Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

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United Kingdom

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UK Government


UK (investigating supplies from West Africa and Barents Sea)