Special Correspondent

KOCHI: Kochi-based Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) has appealed to fishing boat operators and seafood exporters to cooperate with the Authority for implementing the catch certificate validation scheme.

In a communication to the media, MPEDA pointed out that the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and regional fisheries management organisations like the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission require the member countries to see that illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing be prevented for healthy growth of the fisheries sector and fetching reasonable price for the catch.

The European Commission has brought in a new regulation (1005/2008) in line with the above requiring validated Catch certificate/certificates for fish, shrimp, squid, cuttlefish, octopus etc used in consignments exported to the European Union (EU).

This requirement is compulsory for all consignments made out of catches from the sea, landed on or after January 1, 2010.

Boat operators are requested to submit the log sheet with relevant details to data entry operator at fishing harbours or at the nearest fishing harbour within 72 hours of unloading the catch.

To clarify doubts or for more details contacted— 1800-425-1545, 1800-425-1676, 1800-425-0160.