Fraud in the fishing industry is among the most widespread and difficult to identify. Precious fish species can be replaced with other fish that are less expensive, easily available or not marketable due to being potentially harmful. At the same time the demand for sustainability and traceability by consumers also grows all over the world due to the greater exploitation of fish resources.
Genetic analysis of species is currently the only method useful in recognizing, distinguishing and ascertaining the species of fish belonging to a specimen, particularly in the case of morphologically similar species or following the loss of distinctive characteristics due to processing.
Friend of the Sea, in collaboration with FEM2Ambiente, has decide to use the method of the DNA Barcoding to avoid frauds and to promote sustainable fishing.
• Reliability of the method
• Quick: only a few working days are needed
• Possibility to work on small portions of a larger whole
• Low costs