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Sea-to-plate tracking keeps illegally caught fish out of global supply chains

International guidelines on catch documentation schemes approach finish line.

A U.N. Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO)-led push to establish internationally agreed-upon standards that can guide the development of catch documentation schemes (CDS) aimed at keeping illegally caught fish out of retail stores has taken an important step forward.

A set of draft Voluntary Guidelines on Catch Documentation Schemes was unanimously adopted last week by a technical consultation that brought a five-year negotiation effort to a close and is now poised for adoption

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