Catch Certification Program
Canada's Catch Certification Program was created in response to the European Union's Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated fishing regulation implemented January 1, 2010. It requires that fish exports to the EU are accompanied by a catch certificate issued in the country of origin. Since its inception, the Program's scope has expanded to include certification schemes for Chile, Japan, and Ukraine.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for the administration of Canada’s Catch Certification Program.
The program consists of the following elements:
- Operations Centre
- Responsible for the issuance of catch certificates and relevant export permits
- Provides client services to Canadian exporters
- Integration and Planning Bureau
- Responsible for Program coordination, reporting, development and integration
- Acts as single liaison bureau with European Union officials and national-level stakeholders
- Fisheries Certificate System
- A web-based system for industry applications and DFO validation / issuance of catch certificates
- Catch Certification Audit Office
- Responsible for post-issuance audits of catch certificates
- Ensures that information provided by clients at the time of application is true, accurate and complete
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