The Common Organisation of the Markets requires that any product sold to the consumer bears the commercial designation of the species and its scientific name. To ensure consistency, each EU country draws up and publishes a list of the commercial designations accepted in its territory, including accepted local or regional names. These lists can be accessed by clicking on the links below.
The Commission has set up an information system gathering all the commercial designations recognised in the EU and other useful information, such as scientific name, production method and catch area. This tool is not the official source of information on the commercial designations accepted in the member states: only the national lists provided below are the authoritative source.
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Legislation on the EU market for fisheries products (EUR-Lex)
Measures to combat illegal fishing
The EU is actively promoting sustainable fisheries around the world. In this context, the EU has on 7 July extended the protocol to the existing Fisheries Partnership Agreement (FPA) with the Islamic Republic of Mauritania for one year.
The Commission adopted its annual communication taking stock of the implementation of the common fisheries policy (CFP) and launched a public consultation on the fishing opportunities for 2021.
For many small vessels in the EU, seabass represents more than 10% of landing value, peaking at 50% in the Netherlands and 40% in France, according to a new report released today by the European Commission and the European Market Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture (EUMOFA).