• Catch certificate (Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing of EU)MPEDA being the nodal agency for validating the catch certificates for the export of seafood to EU countries in accordance with the EU Regulation 1005/2008 started issuing the catch certificates from 01st January 2010 onwards. As a part of e-governance initiatives, since 01st April 2019 onwards, the paper based catch certificate issuance system has been upgraded to online system for issuance of catch certificates digitally. This is done in compliance with prevailing guidelines and without affecting the provisions of the Article 20(4) of EC notification 1005/2008. Recently EU has amended Union Catch certification scheme on the Regulations EC Nos. 1224/2009, 768/2005, 1005/2008 and 1967/2006 and developed a new IT system called “CATCH IT” to fight against Illegal Unreported and Unregulated fishing. This amended regulation also covers food safety and protection of consumers interest, which shall be implemented to all EU member states and importing countries from 18th June 2020 onwards.
    Japan catch certification documentation scheme (JCDS)
    Japan has implemented Catch Certificate scheme from 01.12.2022 for Class II Aquatic Animals and Plants under Article 11 of the Act on Ensuring the Proper Domestic Distribution and Importation of Specified Aquatic Animals and Plants. The new catch certificate legislation has been developed to prevent the import of IUU catches into Japan through which it is aiming to contribute to global efforts to eliminate IUU fishing. The fish species such as Squid, Cuttle fish, Pacific saury (Cololabis spp.), Mackerel (Scomber spp.) and Sardine (Sardinops spp.) are included in the catch documentation scheme by Japan. MPEDA has been authorized by the Govt. of India for validation of catch certificate and implemented to issue the certificate from 01.12.2022.
    Click here to visit Catch Certification Portal: https://c-cert.mpeda.gov.in/
    More information please click the link:https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=CELEX%3A32008R1005
    SIMP (Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing of USA) The Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) establishes reporting and recordkeeping requirements for imports of certain seafood products, to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) caught and/or misrepresented seafood from entering U.S. commerce. SIMP is a risk-based traceability program requiring the U.S. importer of record to provide and report key data from the point of harvest to the point of entry into U.S. commerce. The following thirteen imported fish and fish products identified as vulnerable to illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and/or seafood fraud. NOAA uses the International Trade Data System, the U.S. government’s single data portal for all import and export reporting, to trace these species back to the point of harvest or production and verify whether they were lawfully harvested or produced.
    • Abalone
    • Atlantic cod
    • Blue crab (Atlantic)
    • Dolphinfish (Mahi Mahi)
    • Grouper
    • King crab (red)
    • Pacific cod
    • Red snapper
    • Sea cucumber
    • Sharks
    • Shrimp
    • Swordfish
    • Tuna (Albacore, Bigeye, Skipjack, Yellowfin, Bluefin)
    For more information please see the website –https://www.iuufishing.noaa.gov/RecommendationsandActions/RECOMMENDATION1415/FinalRuleTraceability.aspx.