2022 was another successful year in SALT’s book! As the world started to open back up, SALT staff traveled to a few different countries to work with its local partners to apply the Traceability Principles, foster collaboration, and speak about traceability best practices to a wide range of audiences.
Here are SALT’s 2022 successes in a snapshot.
Sharing and Improving the Traceability Principles
Where in the World?
Continue Growing the SALT Community
Growing Community, Growing Website!
Empowering Counter IUU fishing, Social Responsibility, and Traceability Efforts Around the Globe
Tapping into Labor KDEs
SALT’s dedicated staff is our vital asset and the powerhouse behind all these achievements. SALT staff share their favorite moments from 2022.
Shaping the first application of the Comprehensive eCDT Principles & Pathway is a serious undertaking. Kate O’Rourke brought her systems thinking and co-design experience from her background in global development to the electronic traceability work. Kate traveled to Tanzania, to present the project at the Fisheries and Aquaculture for a Vibrant Blue Economy conference, and again to co-lead the co-design workshop.
SALT’s work in Tanzania this year has brought momentum to the development of an electronic traceability system for a small-scale octopus fishery in Kilwa. Nina Rosen introduced the Traceability Principles and its pathway (co-designed in part with the Tanzanian fisheries government in 2020) to stakeholders in Tanzania. Nina traveled to Tanzania twice in three months to prepare for the co-design workshop by organizing logistics and meeting key partners.
While there were many highlights in SALT’s fifth year, returning to the field to work with the government, fishers, and industry in Tanzania was a highlight for Jenny Barker. Jenny had worked extensively in Tanzania 15 years ago, so to return to utilize SALT’s Traceability Principles for the first time was inspiring. Having the opportunity to fully apply the principles to support seafood legality and livelihoods in Tanzania was her highlight of 2022.
To capture SALT’s achievement and impact, SALT implemented a monitoring evaluation and learning (MEL) process from the beginning of the project. With support from FishWise’s IT team, Hanae Matsui digitized the tracking process to create a real-time progress view in SALT’s contact database system. This allowed the team to check the progress toward performance indicators and make informed decisions when planning activities.
Stay tuned for SALT’s Year 5 Annual Report!
With a small but mighty staff, SALT produced an impressive amount of helpful traceability products the past year. FishWise partners and those outside the SALT community recognised their value, and used or promoted them in conferences around the world–validating their importance in advancing electronic traceability. Amy oversaw the publication of all those materials. Having also led the creation of SALT’s website, Amy’s highlight was the sheer number of visitors from around the world to the website, reassuring her this knowledge she helped create would live on well past SALT.
Leveraging FishWise’s expertise in human and labor rights and the business and government networks of Seafood Legacy in Japan, FishWise and Seafood Legacy signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2022 to promote social responsibility in the Japanese seafood industry.FishWise and SALT’s support of Seafood Legacy, led by Erin Taylor, helped build educational capacity for its staff and business partners regarding best practices related to human and labor rights issues. This culminated in a Human Rights Due Diligence session moderated by Erin at the Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Summit in October.
SALT is a public-private partnership between USAID and the Packard, Moore, and Walton Family Foundations and implemented by FishWise. Curious to learn more about FishWise’s 2022 achievements? Visit their website at https://fishwise.org/a-celebration-of-our-staffs-achievements-in-2022/
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