Council Regulation (EC) No 1005/2008 of 29 September 2008 establishing a Community system to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The IUU Regulation entered into force on 1 January 2010. This regulation puts in place an EU catch certification scheme which requires that all imports of fishery products are accompanied by a catch certificate validated by the flag States of the catching vessels in order ensure the legality and traceability of the fish, this system has been paper-based since 2010 but is under transformation to an IT system.
The IT system called CATCH aims at digitalizing this certification scheme, and is being developed on the TRACES platform. The use of CATCH by EU operators and thereby EU Member States authorities is still voluntary but is expected to become compulsory over the coming years.