- ISBN: 978-92-9460-210-7, doi: 10.2826/018413, EA-02-20-644-EN-N
- Publication date
- 15 January 2020
- Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises
Within the scope of the Specific Contract No 15 EASME /EMFF/2019/22.214.171.124/02/15/SI2.807287 FRAMEWORK CONTRACT EASME/EMFF/2016/008, several actions were undertaken with the final purpose of generating an International Manual of Procedures (IMP) on “FISH PRODUCTS SAMPLING FOR DNA TESTING”. This involved three main previous steps: conduction of a thorough Literature Review on the state-of-the-art of the analytical methodologies and related sampling issues; translation of the Portuguese Manual of Procedures (PMP) to English with the necessary adjustments to the EU wide reality and incorporating Portuguese Inspectors’ criticisms and experience in the application of the PMP; and preparation of a Descriptive Analysis of Fishing Fleets operating in NAFO RA. On the basis of these three components, the IMP was prepared. However, further component incorporation, refinement, and improvements were necessary, namely, concerning response to the shortcomings of the PMP document and inspectors’ criticisms as well as detailing sample preparation and DNA analysis procedures for the production of a holistic and integrated IMP, which will be able to serve as an effective guide to all professionals involved in the identification of fish species in the fishing fleets operating in the NAFO Regulatory Area. Finally, it must be stressed that the generated IMP is open to additional changes as experience in the field is gathered and more information is collected. Hence, this IMP is above all other things a working tool for EU inspectors, analysts, other involved personnel, competent authorities, and other sector stakeholders.