FISH-FIT – Virtual Workshop
07 October 2021

The control of seafood authenticity is an important prerequisite to combat illegal fishing, consumer deception and food fraud, which represent a serious risk to the economic development of the marine sector in the North Atlantic region. The verification of the correct and mandatory labeling of seafood products in accordance with the European regulations is commonly carried out in control institutions using DNA-based methods.

Within the European Interreg Atlantic Area project “SEATRACES: Smart Traceability and Labeling ToolBox for a Sustainable Seafood Production”, a new online tool FISH-FIT is developed to support EU control laboratories and institutions in seafood authenticity testing. The tool was planned by the Max Rubner-Institut (MRI), the German Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and Food, as work package leader in close cooperation with the SEATRACES consortium.

In this workshop current issues on the European control of seafood authenticity are discussed and the new online tools FISH-FIT as well as the communication platform SeaTraceNet are presented for stakeholders in seafood authenticity.

Time Speaker Topic
10:30 Ute Schröder (MRI) / Carmen G. Sotelo (CSIC) Welcome
10:40 – 11:10 Carmen G. Sotelo (CSIC, Spain) SEATRACES: Development and validation of new methods to ensure seafood authentication
11:10 – 11:40 Ilka Haase (MRI, NRZ- Authent, Germany) The role and main activities of the German National Reference Centre for Authentic Food
11:40 – 12:20 Alain Maquet (JRC, Belgium) EC Knowledge Centre for Food Fraud and Quality – Support to policy making
12:20 – 13:20 Lunch time
13:20 – 13:40 Regina Klapper (MRI, NRZ-Authent, Germany) Questionnaire on control methods for the identification of fishery products
13:40 – 14:40 Regina Klapper (MRI, NRZ-Authent),
Ute Schröder (MRI- MF) Germany
FISH-FIT: A new seafood identification itool for control laboratories
14:40 – 14:50 Coffe break
14:50 – 15:15 Christian Brenn (MRI- MF, Germany) International ring trial for the genetic identification of crustacean species
15:15 – 15:45 Rogerio Mendes (IPMA, Portugal) SeaTraceNet – Seafood Traceability Network
15:45 – 16:00 Q & A and closing remarks


Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. Carmen G. Sotelo, Coordinator of SEATRACES, Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas (IIM-CSIC), Vigo, Spain
  • A representative of the European Commission, Directorate General Joint Research Centre (JRC), Geel, Belgium
  • Dr. Ilka Haase, Head of the National Reference Centre for Authentic Food (NRZ-Authent), MRI Kulmbach, Germany
  • Dr. Rogerio Mendes, WP-Coordinator SeaTraceNet, Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere IPMA, Lisbon, Portugal

Date: 07 October 2021, 10:30-16:00

Cost: Free

Venue: Online event

Organizer: On behalf of the SEATRACES consortium: Max Rubner-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Nutrition and Food, Germany

Target Audience:

The workshop will be directed at European control institutions and experts in seafood authenticity working with DNA-based methods.

To participate: