Mediterranean Sea is particularly rich in fish species: it is considered as a marine biodiversity hotspot, exhibiting a unique mixture of endemics, species from the Atlantic, and others of tropical origins. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), globally, fish represents about 16.6% of animal protein supply and 6.5% of all protein for human consumption. The annual per capita fish consumption is projected to increase from 17.2 kilograms in 2010 to 18.2 kilograms in 2030. In fact, fish is one of the most traded food items in the world today. Thus, fishery provides an important income and trade opportunities in many coastal Mediterranean countries. However, there are still several issues associated with fish identification and traceability as this valuable commodity is fraudulently sold.
The main goal of SUREFISH is to valorise traditional Mediterranean fish by fostering the supply-chain innovation and consumer confidence on Mediterranean fish products through deploying innovative solutions to achieve unequivocal traceability and confirming their authenticity, thus preventing frauds.
SUREFISH project will:
The SUREFISH methodology is based on a 3-phase approach. Each of these steps is composed of WPs which include the tasks designed to realise the project objectives and ensuring the innovation impacts:
Phase 1 Capacity building (WP2-WP3, M1-M18)
Phase 2 Demonstration and Integration (WP5-WP6, M18-M36)
Phase 3 Maximization of impacts towards Mediterranean countries (WP4 & WP7, M1-M36)