African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12278

Full Length Research Paper

A semi-automatic system for labelling seafood products and obtaining fishery management data: A case study of the bottom trawl fishery in the central Mediterranean Sea

Gioacchino Bono*, Salvatore Cusumano, Cinzia Badalucco, Vito Pipitone and Sergio Vitale
Istituto per l’Ambiente Marino Costiero, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Via L. Vaccara, 61, 91026 Mazara del Vallo, Italy.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 16 April 2010
  •  Published: 10 May 2010



This study is on the implementation of a semi-automatic labelling system (LS) of the Mediterranean Sea seafood harvest to address the increased need for seafood authentication and inherent difficulties of commonly used indirect techniques for estimating fisheries yield and fishing effort. Sensitive data required for anti-counterfeit policies, such as date and catch area, can be acquired and recorded on the label by user-friendly automated software that excludes any possible manipulation by the crew. Based on results obtained from the installation of the LS on bottom commercial trawlers, the system certified the origin of the seafoodproducts and simultaneously provided, indirectly, geospatial fisheries yield and fishing effort data of the main exploited species.


Key words: Seafood, labelling, Mediterranean Sea, data management.


LSLabelling system; ICT, information communication technology;GPS, global positioning system; GSA, geographical sub-area; GFCM, general fisheries commission for the Mediterranean; FAO, food and agriculture organization;NMEA, national marine electronics association; CNR, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche; GIS, geographical information system; EAN, European article numbering;RFID, radio frequency identification; VMS, vessel monitoring systems.