As previously mentioned, the common organisation of the markets in fishery products is important to the European Community (EC), and common marketing standards are a means of achieving market stability.
Common marketing standards exist for certain species of fish and shellfish, and products must be uniformly graded to EC standards for size and freshness prior to first sale.
The intention is that fish graded to the common standards will facilitate trade such that buyers can be confident that, for example, a size 1 haddock with freshness category A is the same throughout the European Union (EU).
- Council Regulation (EC) No. 2406/96 (common marketing standards for certain fishery products) as amended