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The ABALOBI ICT4Fisheries Traceability Technology has been co-designed with small-scale fishers to ensure that it is relevant to their context. The traceability technology is implemented through an integrated system of customised mobile applications and online platforms which can effectively track seafood from landing site to the final consumer. It incorporates crosschecking and validation of data points across the ABALOBI Fisher App, ABALOBI Marketplace App, ABALOBI Monitor App, and ABALOBI Admin Panel online platform. The key to the success of this integrated technology is that all stakeholders along a small-scale fisheries value chain can readily track seafood moving through the traceability system. In addition, the ABALOBI ICT4Fisheries Traceability Technology enables a consumer facing QR Code to be generated that captures the unique story behind each seafood species in real time. This provides visibility for small-scale fishers and helps them differentiate their seafood products.
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.
Blue Ventures works to rebuild tropical fisheries with coastal communities by developing transformative approaches for catalysing and sustaining locally led marine conservation. They help coastal communities implement smartphone-based monitoring systems to electronically capture catch data that had previously been recorded using paper notebooks. They have pilot projects in the Madagascan shark fishery.
They have also created tools – such as the Open Data Kit (ODK) – to help users build bespoke mobile data collection forms with limited prior technical knowledge. They’ve adapted their mobile system to numerous contexts, from the shores of east Africa to the islands of the coral triangle, and from use by fishing communities to monitor marine turtle nesting sites and fishery landings, to gathering feedback from ecotourists and even registering attendance at community health clinics. Each new iteration tests the flexibility of the system and provides new tools and learning, experiences to support partners seeking to adopt this open source technology, from countries and contexts as far afield as Mozambique, Comoros and Indonesia.
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.
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.