August 24, 2016 – U.S. is set to implement traceability requirements for high-risk fisheries imported from ASEAN countries and other parts of the world beginning October of this year.

The BFAR Regulatory Division conducted a two-day workshop for processors and exporters of various fishery products to the U.S. last August 24-25, 2016 to come up with goals and activities in line with the new US regulations on seafood market access. Pasteurised crab meat, tuna, and octopus are among the 17 seafood products that will be affected by the new regulation that covers not only the Philippines, but other Southeast Asian nations such as Indonesia and Thailand as well as some countries in South America.

Although the pasteurized crab meat was identified, only Callinectes spp. (Atlantic blue crab) will be regulated due to the larger risk of overexploitation. Nevertheless, BFAR sees the urgent implementation of Administrative Circular 251 (Traceability of Fish and Fishery Products) Series of 2014 for all species in anticipation of the expansion of U.S. regulation to other fisheries besides the 17 identified high-risk species.