The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program provides science-based recommendations through its consumer guides, website, and app to help raise public awareness about sustainable seafood issues. U.S. seafood buyers, distributors, retailers and chefs also rely on Seafood Watch to guide purchasing, which advances sustainable fishing and aquaculture operations and incentivizes others to improve. Seafood Watch works with governments, international colleagues, and regional fisheries management organizations as part of an ongoing effort to address international supply chain issues, such as traceability, human rights abuses, and IUU fishing.
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The NGO Tuna Forum brings together NGOs and other individuals and organizations that work comprehensively on global tuna sustainability issues that fall within one or more of the following core focus areas:
1) RFMO management & advocacy,
2)market-based mechanisms for improving sustainability, and
3)on the water research, activities, and improvements.
NSSLGlobal is an independent provider of satellite communications and IT management solutions with innovation and customer service. NSSLGlobal is a marine electronic navigational/communications equipment specialist. Satellite network capabilities offering Ku-Bad coverage in the industry through its own Ku- and C- Band VSAT network and Ka- and L- Band, working in partnership with some of the largest MSS and VSAT satellite operators.
Ocean Outcomes is a science-based sustainable seafood consultancy working hand in hand with commercial fisheries to help them become more sustainable. Ocean Outcomes’ work addresses a range of major fishery challenges contributing to the global fisheries crisis, such as IUU, overfishing, depletion of non-target stocks, habitat impacts, and management system issues.
As a traceability solution to support FIPs and third party certification in Russia, Ocean Outcomes piloted a Catch Tracking System (CTS), implementing best practices in self-reporting and verification of the paper trail to close loopholes in the “first mile,” from producers to processors. By following the CTS protocol, companies capture and upload information to assure customers that they are receiving product traceable back to the source fishery.
Additionally, Ocean Outcomes launched Japan’s first FIP traceability pilot as a part of the Tokyo Bay Sea Perch FIP.
Oceana’s Seafood Fraud Campaign works to stop seafood fraud and ensure that all seafood sold in the U.S. is safe, legally caught, and honestly labeled. To help stop seafood fraud and illegal fishing, Oceana is working to change U.S. policies to require more transparency and traceability in seafood supply chains, including requiring catch documentation for all seafood, end to end traceability, and more information provided to seafood consumers at the final point of sale.
Oceana, in partnership with SkyTruth and Google, helped develop Global Fishing Watch – an interactive technology platform that will enable anyone with an Internet connection to see commercial fishing activity anywhere in the world’s oceans in near real-time.
OceanMind is a not-for-profit organisation that empowers enforcement and compliance to protect the world’s fisheries. They provide insights and intelligence into fishing compliance to those who can most effectively use it. They support government authorities and seafood buyers by providing expertise and knowledge paired with advanced technologies to enable responsible sourcing and effective enforcement.
OceanMind began in 2014 as “Project Eyes on the Seas”, a collaboration between the Satellite Applications Catapult and Pew Charitable Trusts. Initially a collaboration to develop technology fusing satellite data and artificial intelligence to detect illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, it soon developed into a suite of services to help governments and the seafood supply chain to understand the compliance of fishing activities.
In July 2018, OceanMind launched as a new independent non-for-profit organisation with the mission to empower enforcement and compliance in the world’s fisheries. Working with partners such as the UK Government, the Royal Thai Government, the Seafood Task Force, the Pew Charitable Trusts, Conservation International, and Humanity United, OceanMind is supporting enforcement and MCS professionals globally, as well as helping seafood buyers build more responsible supply chains.
Oceans 5 is a global funders collaborative, comprised of new and experienced philanthropists, committed to protecting the five oceans of the planet. The group collectively focuses its investments and support on large-scale, opportunistic projects and campaigns aimed at significantly expanding marine reserves and constraining overfishing. It supports several projects to control illegal fishing and improve seafood traceability in the United States, Europe, and Central America.
Vulcan Inc. is the engine behind philanthropist and Microsoft cofounder Paul G. Allen’s network of organizations and initiatives. They work on improving our planet through philanthropy, inspirational experiences, and scientific and technological initiatives. One of their projects is SkyLight, a technology system that uses satellite imagery and data-analysis software to help countries spot and catch unlicensed fishing boats.
Pelagic Data Systems (PDS) provides vessel and fleet tracking solutions designed specifically for artisanal fisheries. The hardware is small, durable, solar-powered, and completely autonomous. Data is transferred automatically to secure servers. High-resolution data enables automatic identification of when/where fishing occurs, type of gear used, and can monitor storage temperatures. The system maps and measures fishing effort to assist managers, support rights-based management systems, and provide monitoring for illegal fishing activities including in protected areas or using illegal gear. The PDS solution not only integrates into any traceability system so that fisheries/distributors/processors can simply expand their existing supply chain platform to achieve complete “boat to plate” transparency and traceability without changing their workflow, it also helps improve product quality by verifying cold chain.
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.