AZTI and the USC has developed an innovative genetic chip that guarantees the authenticity of Galician mussels. It will serve to distinguish the geographical origin of mussels cultivated in Galicia from other localizations. It was developed using the genetic profile of the Mediterranean mussel species Mytilus galloprovincialis, identifying its specific genetic markers. It offers producers and expert researchers a powerful genomic tool to identify, validate and assess complex genetic traits in this species. The results may contribute to the sustainable exploitation of these species, avoid commercial fraud and guarantee traceability.
The maritime dimension is the main feature of the Atlantic Area and one of the main drivers of its economy. Illegal logging, fraud and mislabeling is an important problem that creates high risks for the existence of an activity focused on the exploitation of seafood. In addition, the level of innovation too little developed in the traditional sectors implies that its potential is not yet fully exploited. In response to the need to increase the technology involved in the growth of this economic axis, SEA-TRACES will develop innovative tools to promote competitiveness in two specific areas: artisanal fisheries and aquaculture, pillars of “blue growth”.
The general objective of SEA-TRACES is to show producers, industry and consumers that labeling and traceability are essential to protect and enhance fisheries and aquaculture in this geographical area.
Through the actions developed within the framework of SEA-TRACES, the main actors of the consumer chain will be able to identify the available tools that will enable them to adopt a sustainable attitude towards the production and the marketing of seafood. SEA -TRACES will demonstrate, through case studies, how innovative implementation of traceability and labeling instruments can facilitate and increase commercialization and added value of products. SEA-TRACES will promote meetings and workshops to maximize the flow of information between the actors of the production is the consumers. SEA-TRACES will develop, test and implement new rapid tag verification tools in cooperation with key stakeholders involved in tag analysis and control. In addition, ICT tools will be created as trade facilitation tools allowing direct sales from producers to the consumer.
Coordinated by CSIC, the consortium comprises 19 partners based in 7European countries, who are considered leaders in their respective domains of expertise.
INTERREG Atlantic Area