A geographical information system for the management of the aquaculture data in the Adriatic Sea – the Strengthening of Centres for Aquaculture Production and Safety surveillance in the Adriatic countries experience: Present capabilities, tools and functions

  • Susanna Tora | s.tora@izs.it Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise G. Caporale, Teramo, Italy. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-8801-800X
  • Silvio Sacchini Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise G. Caporale, Teramo, Italy.
  • Eddy Listeš Croatian Veterinary Institute, Regional Veterinary Institute Split, Split, Croatia.
  • Tanja Bogdanović Croatian Veterinary Institute, Regional Veterinary Institute Split, Split, Croatia.
  • Alessio Di Lorenzo Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise G. Caporale, Teramo, Italy.
  • Muhamed Smajlović Department of Food Safety and Technology, Veterinary Faculty, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Ahmed Smajlović Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Veterinary Faculty, University of Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Jelena V. Filipović Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Administration for Food Safety, Veterinary and Phytosanitary Affairs, Podgorica, Montenegro.
  • Vildana Tahirović Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relation, Veterinary Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Danijela Šuković Center for Eco-Toxicological Research, Podgorica-CETI, Podgorica, Montenegro.
  • Bojan Beljkas Center for Eco-Toxicological Research, Podgorica-CETI, Podgorica, Montenegro.
  • Ardian Xinxo Food Safety and Veterinary Institute, Tirana, Albania.
  • Renis Maçi Food Safety and Veterinary Institute, Tirana, Albania.
  • Patrizia Colangeli Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise G. Caporale, Teramo, Italy.
  • Federica Di Giacinto Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise G. Caporale, Teramo, Italy.
  • Annamaria Conte Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise G. Caporale, Teramo, Italy.

Abstract

The European Commission (EC) regulation no. 854/2004 requires a systematic monitoring of chemical and microbiological contaminants in live bivalve molluscs, live echinoderms, live tunicates and live marine gastropods for human consumption through surveillance plans to be implemented in all European Union (EU) countries.A consortium of five Adriatic countries was set up in the framework of the Instrument of Pre-accession Assistance Adriatic Cross-border Cooperation Programme (IPA Adriatic CBC) 2007- 2013 with the aim of collecting data and distribute information on harvesting and production in mollusc areas. A web-based geographical information system (GIS) application was developed to support the partners to manage data and to make these data available to final users, policy makers and to risk assessors. The GIS for the Strengthening of Centres for Aquaculture Production and Safety surveillance in the Adriatic countries (CAPS2) is divided into two levels, the national and the supranational one, and it distributes spatial and epidemiological information coming from various data acquisition and management sites. The great innovation is the possibility for each country to use online drawing, modifying and change of the geographic areas according to national surveillance needs. Currently it hosts data coming from about 230 production and relay areas with more than 29,478 laboratory tests performed on collected samples since August 2014. Data collected are used by each national competent authority to classify production or relay areas according to the EC regulation mentioned and to conduct risk assessment studies to evaluate the level of consumers’ exposure to contaminants in the consumption of bivalve mollusc products.

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2017-11-08
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Web GIS, Information system, Adriatic Sea, Surveillance plans, Contaminants
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Tora, S., Sacchini, S., Listeš, E., Bogdanović, T., Di Lorenzo, A., Smajlović, M., Smajlović, A., Filipović, J. V., Tahirović, V., Šuković, D., Beljkas, B., Xinxo, A., Maçi, R., Colangeli, P., Di Giacinto, F., & Conte, A. (2017). A geographical information system for the management of the aquaculture data in the Adriatic Sea – the Strengthening of Centres for Aquaculture Production and Safety surveillance in the Adriatic countries experience: Present capabilities, tools and functions. Geospatial Health, 12(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/gh.2017.593