Smart traceability and labeling toolbox for a sustainable seafood production

Call 2016
Priority 1. Stimulating innovation and competitiveness
Objective 1.1. Enhancing innovation capacity through corporation to foster competitiveness

Lead partner:

Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
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ERDF funding 2.645.181,31 €
Total budget 3.558.468,50 €
Duration 2018-01-01 - 2021-06-30


Seafood fraud has been recognised by the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) in 2015 as an emergent risk. Illegal fisheries, fraud and mislabelling are the main issues representing a serious risk to the existence of this important economic activity for the Atlantic Area Regions. The main actors, producers, industry, markets and consumers should be aware of the threat and the available tools which will empower them to adopt a responsible attitude towards the production, marketing and purchasing of seafood.
The general objective of SEA-TRACES is to demonstrate to stakeholders and consumers that labelling and traceability are essential to protect and valorize Atlantic Area’s fisheries and aquaculture.
SEA-TRACES will demonstrate, through case studies in different regions, how innovative implementation of traceability and labelling instruments will facilitate and increase the marketing and revenues, thus acting as a driving force to inspire other companies to adopt similar strategies. Consumers and industry are meant to find agreements about how product information has to be delivered and obtained in order to maximize the information flow, SEA-TRACES will foster these encounters and workshops. Administration, Control and Research Labs are the main actors involved in label analysis and control, involvement of these actors in a newly virtual platform will allow SEA-TRACES test the feasibility of transferring results.

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Partner Location
1 Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas Galicia (ES)
2 Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera, I.P. Lisboa (PT)
3 Indigo Rock Marine Research Station Southern and Eastern (IE)
4 The University of Salford Greater Manchester (UK)
5 Max Rubner-Institut DEF02 Kiel, Kreisfreie Stadt (Schleswig – Holstein) (DE)
6 Muséum National D' Histoire Naturelle Bretagne (FR)
7 The University Court of the University of Aberdeen North Eastern Scotland (UKM50, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) (UK)
8 Exporsado, Comércio e indústria de productos do mar Lisboa (PT)
9 Consello Regulador do Mexillón de Galicia Galicia (ES)
10 Fundación AZTI – AZTI Fundazioa País Vasco (ES)
11 Xunta de Galicia Galicia (ES)
12 Marine Stewardship Council London (UK)
13 Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority Border, Midland and Western (IE)
14 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) London (UK)
15 Keohane Seafoods Southern and Eastern (IE)
16 Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente Comunidad de Madrid (ES)
17 Centro Investigación y Control de Calidad.Agencia Española Consumo,Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición Comunidad de Madrid (ES)
18 European Commission, Directorate General Joint Research Centre Arrondissement of Turnhout (BE)
19 Service Commun des Laboratoires Bouches-du-Rhône (FR)
20 Liverpool John Moores University Merseyside (UK)
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