Summary of Recommendations
The Panel has reached consensus on eight key recommendations. The recommendations address the following themes:
- Minimum information standards for wild caught fish products;
- Authoritative data sources, including a global record of fishing vessels;
- A harmonized system of “landing authorizations” to provide primary assurances of the legal origin of fish products;
- Multiple points of verification throughout seafood supply chains;
- A transition to fully electronic traceability systems for all commercial fish products within the next five years;
- Support and capacity building for those producers needing help with the transition;
- A global architecture for interoperability of seafood traceability systems;
- Where applicable, non-discriminatory border measures setting minimum standards for seafood traceability and proof of legal origin to combat trade in IUU products while facilitating legitimate commerce through a “risk based, tiered, and targeted” approach.
A fuller statement of each of these recommendations is contained in the report.