Maritech provides software solutions for the seafood industry, working towards three main principles: control, automation, and traceability. Maritech enables capturing and recording information on harvest, and integrating the inventory record to assist in reporting compliance and traceability.
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The three MRAG companies (MRAG Americas, MRAG Ltd., and MRAG Asia Pacific) provide traceability services to help companies ensure that seafood was caught legally and sustainably. Its services include: customized, confidential, and independent traceability audits of products from catch to consumer; confidential risk assessment to combat IUU fishing and ensure seafood has not been caught illegally; audits for the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) ProActive Vessel Register (PVR); MSC chain of custody and fishery assessments and certifications; and confidential third-party supply chain audits.
NSF Seafood provides independent, third-party consultative services, seafood product inspections, facility auditing services, independent surimi testing, and chemical/microbiological testing. NSF Seafood works with all types of clients, including importers, exporters, processors, aquaculture farms/facilities, retailers, restaurants and distributors to help ensure product safety, quality, consistency, transparency, and sustainability. NSF Seafood tests, assesses compliance with seafood safety, sanitation and GMP requirements, and inspects and assesses product quality attributes against recognized inspection methodology. Additionally, NSF Seafood will perform supplier audits or customize the scope of the audit to meet a company’s needs. NSF provides auditing services for Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA), Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), supplier audits to customized and NSF Seafood standards. They also have traceability, recall, and country of origin assistance and system audits.
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.
The Ocean Data Alliance will seek to design and build an open-source integration platform for all ocean data and to ensure that it is geared from the outset to serve the global public interest. The key will be to encourage collaboration among all the key sensor enterprises to catalyse the process of integrating their data from a range of sources. With a design concept for the integration exchange or platform, app designers and large data processors such as IBM Watson can then engage in public-private design labs to work with various oceans and fisheries stakeholders from across industry, research, and government to find out exactly how best they may want to use the data streams on offer. For example, the design process would identify which data feeds are of most use, who the identified end users are, which behaviours need to be focused on to change as a result, and what the targeted access rights should be for a particular innovation (globally open access versus closed for a particular enterprises value chain). Those who have developed technology initiatives already in the oceans agenda would benefit greatly from this data integration initiative and also make the most of their first-mover advantage. The Ocean Data Alliance is exploring pilot projects to use ship tracking, satellite images, and other technologies to track IUU fishing, blockchain to trace seafood from catch to table, and new generations of buoys and drones to monitor water acidity, salinity, temperature, and currents.
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.
An electronic logbook (eLog) software solution for the recording, reporting, and management of commercial fishing data. Solutions for data management include a data harmonisation tool for commercial fishing data and a customizable web-based application. Customizations allow for use by operations ranging from small-scale to entire fleets.
OpenSC enables organisations and individuals to verify claims about sustainable and ethical production at source. Through the use of sensors and blockchain technology, OpenSC can trace products from origin to point of sale and share those product journeys with people, across a range of digital channels.
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.