Advances in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management

Advances in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management ISSN 2756-3278 Vol. 11 (1), pp. 001-005, January, 2023. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

semi-automatic system for labelling seafood products and obtaining fishery management data: A case study of the bottom trawl fishery in the central

Mediterranean Sea

Gioacchino Bono*, Salvatore Cusumano, Cinzia Badalucco, Vito Pipitone and Sergio Vitale

Istituto per l’Ambiente Marino Costiero, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Via L. Vaccara, 61, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, Italy.

Accepted 16 April, 2022


This study is on the implementation of a semi-automatic labelling system (LS) of the Mediterranean Sea seafood harvest to address the increased need for seafood authentication and inherent difficulties of commonly used indirect techniques for estimating fisheries yield and fishing effort. Sensitive data required for anti-counterfeit policies, such as date and catch area, can be acquired and recorded on the label by user-friendly automated software that excludes any possible manipulation by the crew. Based on results obtained from the installation of the LS on bottom commercial trawlers, the system certified the origin of the seafood products and simultaneously provided, indirectly, geospatial fisheries yield and fishing effort data of the main exploited species.

Key words: Seafood, labelling, Mediterranean Sea, data management.