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Anchor Lab provides solutions for electronic monitoring for a variety of fisheries monitoring strategies. Their systems can be customized to meet different requirements for different fisheries. They provide both solutions for the automation of data collection onboard, and the tools used to analyze fishing activites. Via their ‘Black Box Video System’, they use video capture to document catch handling/processing procedures, gear setting/retrieval, and discard activities. They also have an additional system, designed for fishing around sensitive areas (such as MPAs). They also provide a Black Box Data Analysis Software – a data presentation system designed for visualizing and reviewing data from their Black Box Systems.
Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Key Data Elements (KDE) project: In line with their commitment to continuous improvement, the Programme Assurance team initiated a project aimed at introducing technology to improve digital traceability. This involves using software to capture and convey key data elements from certified farm origin throughout the supply chain. The project aims to enhance supply chain transparency, mitigate risk and provide greater verifiable information to meet industry expectations. The KDE project is being developed with collaboration farms, industry and retailers and the ASC works together with the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) towards industry alignment and interoperability. The collected data, of which some will flow through the complete supply system, will most likely be species-dependent. These data elements will evolve as the standards, requirements and needs of the supply chain evolve. In 2020, the ASC will evaluate the results of the pilots in relation to wider implementation.
Archipelago offers electronic monitoring products and services for commercial fisheries worldwide. Based on more than 30 years of experience in training and managing certified onboard observers, Archipelago designs solutions that work for fisheries and industry regulators. Archipelago offers training, consulting, and certified data-review services, plus specialized equipment and software needed to monitor and review fishing activity at sea.
A catch reporting smartphone app designed for Android and iOS smartphones. This app requires connection to a cellular network to transmit data, and is meant for inshore fleets. The app is customized for each fishery and offers dropdown menus that collect data for target species, gears deployed and bycatch. The app can also collect location of catch by having fishers select areas on a digital map. As it collects more and more data, the app is able to show fishers their own catch trends and other indicators that are useful for business planning, such as fishing effort expended and areas fished.
Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) is a third-party aquaculture certification program. The BAP certification covers the four pillars of responsible aquaculture production, including: social accountability, environmental responsibility, food safety, and animal welfare–all verified by robust traceability and chain of custody. BAP is an aquaculture certification that encompasses the entire seafood value chain: farms, processing plants, hatcheries, and feed mills.
Bureau Veritas offers a range of certification, training and digital solutions for players across the seafood value chain, helping to demonstrate that a company’s seafood is safe, healthy, responsibly produced and fully traceable. They offer certification services for the blue MSC ecolabel, ASC, BAP, GlobalG.A.P., organic, as well as Bureau Veritas Recognition, their own proprietary standard and B2B solution for demonstrating responsible and traceable seafood supply chains.
C4ADS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting on global conflict and transnational security issues. They use technology to manage, integrate, and analyze disparate data from diverse languages, regions, and sources, incorporating their own field research from conflict zones and fragile states. In particular, they aim to counter illicit and unsustainable fisheries exploitation by investigating the beneficial ownership behind these shadow industries. They have produced a report on the onshore networks behind Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing.
In collaboration with The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Satellite Applications Catapult has developed ‘Eyes on the Seas’, a technology platform that improves ocean sustainability through actionable insight of global fishing activities, legal and illegal. It utilizes multiple data sources, including satellite data, specialist fishing vessel databases and oceanographic data, to surveil vessel activity at sea and alert fisheries analysts to suspicious activity. The analysis provides independent verification and validation of ‘at-sea’ activities and provides information to governments and industry players who are interested in understanding fishing activities in their waters or supply chains in more detail
For information on what philanthropic, government, and international agencies are funding initiatives around the world to better seafood traceability and counter-IUU fishing practices, please use the Funding the Ocean map.