The High Seas Alliance is a partnership of organizations and groups aimed at building a strong common voice and constituency for the conservation of the high seas. The objective of the Alliance is to facilitate international cooperation to establish high seas protected areas and to strengthen high seas governance. The Alliance is currently made up of 35 NGOs plus the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). High Seas Alliance members commit to work together to achieve these goals either as members of a collaborative effort through the Alliance, or as individual organizations supported by or affiliated with the Alliance.
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Human Rights at Sea supports international communities with exposing the truth behind human rights abuses at sea through research and case studies, delivering methods to achieve social justice via legal and policy developments. With the implementation of human right provisions, they raise awareness and transparency of illicit human-rights operations at sea. Following 5 of the total 14 Sustainable Development Goal’s, they work to create accountability by participating in international advocacy to prevent inhumane activities and improve enforcement of legislation.
ICEYE Vessel Detection & AIS Validation Solution for the Maritime Segment enables users to detect vessels operating in the area of interest, with information delivered on collaborative vessels (including AIS information) and dark ships that are likely to operate illegally within the chosen territory.
Inmarsat’s Fleet One offers fishing vessels of any size satellite voice and data services. It has a mobile app that allows users to map their location.
Inmarsat is working with USAID’s Oceans and Fisheries Partnership to provide communication technology to improve fisheries catch documentation and traceability through solutions such as Pointrek. Crew members on medium and large vessels will integrate existing monitoring systems and catch data with Inmarsat’s Fleet One and IsatData Pro technology, a global two-way messaging service for tracking and monitoring ports and vessels. USAID’s Oceans and Fisheries Partnership will pilot the technology in Bitung, Indonesia, and Songkhla, Thailand, where the system has been tested.
Inmarsat is also partnering with Thai Union and Mars Petcare, providing satellite communications to help crews maintain at-sea connectivity for quicker and easier digital catch reporting, communication, and fleet management.
The International Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance (MCS) Network was established in 2001 to provide a mechanism for fisheries law enforcement professionals to share information and experiences as they monitor the increasingly complex harvesting and marketing of fish around the world. The International MCS Network is an informal, voluntary network of States, regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) and regional economic integration organizations, as represented by the person or persons responsible for fisheries-related MCS. This includes fisheries managers, investigators, attorneys, foreign service officers, and forensics specialists, among others. Membership is currently limited to these categories, but the IMCS Network works closely with other intergovernmental organizations, in particular the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and considers them important partners.
The Mission of the International MCS Network is to promote and facilitate cooperation and coordination among Members through information exchange, capacity development and collaboration in order to achieve the improved effectiveness and efficiency of monitoring, control and surveillance activities in order to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing and related fisheries activities on local, regional and international levels.
The long-term conservation and sustainable use of global tuna fisheries is the primary goal of the ISSF. Since 2009, ISSF has adopted conservation measures to promote and accelerate sustainability best practices for processors, traders, marketers, and others in the seafood industry — and improve the long-term health of tuna fisheries. The ISSF also works towards the following:
1. Tuna companies worldwide commit to conform to and be audited on ISSF Conservation Measures on traceability, data collection & transshipment, among others that deter IUU activities.
2. Tuna fishing vessels worldwide can signal their commitment to fishing best practices by registering on the public ProActive Vessel Register(PVR). The PVR uses 3rd-party auditing to validate whether vessels are following science-based, sustainable tuna fishing practices. ISSF also maintains IMO & UVI Databases.
3. ISSF scientific research and advocacy guide outreach to tuna RFMOs and governments:
-Technical advice on best practices for monitoring, control and surveillance in tuna fisheries (electronic monitoring system pilot projects and workshops)
-Recommendations on effective RFMO governance, science-based decision-making, data collection, monitoring, enforcement & compliance mechanisms
-Scientific research reports on best practices for managing vessel records, supply vessels, VMS, observer programs
IUU Risk Intelligence is a consulting firm dedicated to providing technical services on Fisheries Compliance, Monitoring Control, and Surveillance (MCS) as well as illegal fishing for governments and private industry clients worldwide.
Legit Fish provides patented cloud-based software solutions to trace seafood supply chains from vessel/farm to processor. It allows supply chain partners and consumers the ability to trace where their food came from with increased transparency and accuracy. Legit Fish develops sets of Key Data Elements (KDE) appropriate for each fishery and/or aquaculture ecosystem. Legit Fish verifies and validates the records using their patented technology. Partners can then share this information with other channel partners or consumers depending upon their market strategy. The Legit Fish technology is interoperable with existing ERP systems and blockchain solutions.
The Marine Conservation Institute’s overarching goal is to help the world create a worldwide system of strongly protected areas – the Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) – a way to ensure future diversity and abundance of marine life. As part of that effort, they have developed the MPAtlas (www.mpatlas.org) with a comprehensive online database and mapping tool of existing and planned marine protected areas (MPAs). The organization has worked on U.S. laws affecting IUU fishing or pirate fishing since this illegal activity often targets MPAs, results in degradation of marine environments around the world and food insecurity for those who depend on sustainable fisheries.
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.