In countries where the majority of the seafood is imported, information about seafood origin is important in
particular from a food safety perspective. In the case of Belgium, no database is available describing the origin of
commercial seafood products. This investigation to determine the origin revealed three important problems. First, information
needed to stem from different non-related databases; second, import countries did not define fishing grounds or
product sites; third, seafood may have transited many areas and no information was available on this. Since European
traceability regulations have been established for seafood, some limited extra efforts with respect to data collection and
management can lead to (inter)national databases making seafood traceability information more practically useful, for example
towards public health policy making.