Traceability in the UK Seafood chain

  • Burns, Neil (PI)

Project Details


Improving traceability, the extent to which fish can be verifiably tracked as it moves through the supply chain, is a key priority for Defra’s Control & Enforcement policy team and the Marine Management Organisation. In the UK it is a legal requirement that all lots of fisheries and aquaculture products shall be traceable at all stages of production, processing and distribution, from catching or harvesting to retail stage. In practice demonstration of compliance is highly variable.

The key challenges to improving traceability of fish are:
• Accurately linking the physical fish with the data which is reported by fishers
• Ensuring that data is submitted on time, accurately and in the correct format
• Maintaining the accuracy of data as fish moves between stages (including the possible mixing of fish from different vessels).

This project has the following objectives:
1. Identify the different kinds of supply chain in operation in the UK.
2. Produce a system map of 3 specific UK fisheries supply chains.
3. Identify examples of best practice.
4. Identify the main challenges in the UK supply chains.
5. Produce suggestions of how to address challenges improve processes into UK seafood supply chains.
6. Carry out a stakeholder workshop to validate findings.

Short titleRDE 101
AcronymRDE Framework Lot 6.3
Effective start/end date10/10/2210/04/23

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


  • Framework
  • marine
  • fisheries


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