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Spain has maintained steady progress in most areas of the implementation of the IUU Regulation, but there are nevertheless some shortcomings in maintaining the necessary levels of checks.
The Spanish Integrated System for the Management and Control of Illegal Fishing (SIGCPI) has enabled digitalisation and control of 100% of catch certificates imported in Spain. But the system is limited by a lack of coordination with other countries’ systems, which prevents authorities from sharing and cross-referencing the catch certificates of every fish product entering the EU.
ClientEarth’s lawyers say that a swift implementation of the CATCH system by all EU countries is essential to drying up the sources of IUU fishing.