The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) are inviting input into Ireland’s Fishery and Aquaculture Products Commercial Designation List. All EU Member States are required to publish a list of the commercial designations together with their scientific names of fishery and aquaculture products, accepted in their territory.
This list must indicate the scientific name for each species, its name in the official language or languages of the Member State and, where applicable, any other name or names accepted or permitted locally or regionally.
Commercial designations must be used when marketing fish in the EU and are provided to consumers at the point of retail.
The inclusion of the common names or local names of fish or aquaculture products in the commercial designation list helps ensure that consumers are provided with accurate and consistent information and are then able to make informed choices. This is where we can all help out as there are many different names used for the same species of fish, in different parts of Ireland.
|Sprat, also know in Donegal as “Sprit”|
For example, here in Donegal we use both the names “Sprit” and “Sprat” for that small tasty oily fish, Sprattus sprattus, which is a member of the Clupeidae family that includes Herrings and Sardines. It may only be a small variation in the name but if these local names are not recorded, they will get lost.
|Irish White Fish, Oily Fish and Shellfish, in Gaelic. pic Somethingfishy.ie|
On the 13th December 2014, the current legislation S.I. 320 of 2003 and its associated list of commercial designations will be replaced as EU Regulation No. 1379/20131 will apply from this date. Therefore this is now an appropriate time to ensure that the commercial designation list includes all the relevant species. See http://www.fsai.ie/uploadedFiles/Reg1379_2013.pdf Articles 35-37 for name references.
The FSAI invites all interested parties to submit their comments on the draft Fishery and Aquaculture Commercial Designations List that accompanies this consultation.
Submissions to the Consultation
If you are making a submission, please state whether the views expressed are personal or are
being made on behalf of an organisation. If the views of an organisation are being submitted it
should be made clear what organisation is being represented.
The Closing Date for Submissions is 26th November 2014
Submissions may be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
or may be posted to: Consultations, Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Abbey Court, Lwr Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
See also www.fsai.ie/consultations