Illegal (IUU) fishing

Illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing threatens the habitat of fish in the seas. The importing of marine fishery products from IUU fishing activities is prohibited in the EU.

Importing marine fishery products from so-called illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities has been prohibited in the EU since 2010.

The ordinance on controlling the lawful origin of imported marine fishery products comes into force on1 March 2017. This new ordinance is designed to ensure that only fishery products of lawful origin – i.e. no products from IUU fishing activities – are imported into Switzerland.

Consignments of marine fishery products listed in Annex I of the ordinance are subject to controls as from 1 March 2017 and must be registered with the FSVO for document inspection. There is no requirement to submit consignments for inspection that come from states listed in Annex 2 of the ordinance (see «More information»).

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Last modification 18.12.2018

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