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Molecular Technologies Could Help Thwart Fraudulent Fish Marketing Practices

May 27, 2011: 12:00 AM EST
A European Commission report says molecular technologies based on genetics, genomics, chemistry and forensics enhance traceability and could deter illegal activities such as selling low-cost catfish fillets as premium priced sole fillets. The advanced technologies can answer questions about species, location of catch, and even whether a fish was caught wild or farmed. The report, from the EC’s Joint Research Centre, advocates use of the technologies across Europe to help curb the annual €10 billion illegal fishing industry that hurts the global economy, disrupts marine ecosystems, and damages fisheries, communities and consumers. Molecular methods, including those based on DNA-technology, make it possible to identify fish species without the need for expert knowledge, according to the JRC.
Jann Martinsohn, "Deterring Illegal Activities in the Fisheries Sector - Genetics, Genomics, Chemistry and Forensics to Fight IUU Fishing and in Support of Fish Product Traceability", Report, Publications Office of the European Union, May 27, 2011, © EU Joint Research Centre (JRC)
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