- SALT Feature
SALT successes in 2020 and what's next in 2021January 12, 2021
As SALT begins its fourth year, we reflect on where we are and where we’re headed in our work to advance seafood traceability around the world.
What work are you most proud of that came out of SALT’s third year?
It has been really exciting to see how much the SALT community has grown over the last year. The project now includes more than 1,000 participants, experts from around the world, and organizations like the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and governments from the European Union (EU), Ghana, Indonesia, Japan, Tanzania, the United States (U.S.), and throughout Southeast Asia. Reflecting this growth and increased awareness of the project, SALT was featured in several key reports on illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in 2020 (listed below).
We were honored to present on traceability, including linkages to labor and security, at seven global events such as the Center for Strategic and International Studies Second Annual Ocean Security Forum, Seafood 2030, the Tokyo Sustainable Seafood Symposium, a Korean Maritime Institute event, and the ICT4Fisheries workshop in South Africa. We also hosted our own Traceability Traps & Triumphs event discussing common pitfalls in the journey towards seafood traceability, and how one can avoid or overcome them. It was very gratifying to feature not one but two panels of all-women experts. With over 100 participants at each panel, this is definitely a topic we will be returning to.
The last year also afforded us an opportunity to pause & reflect on the project as a whole. The first few years of SALT centered around the first three steps of the knowledge management cycle: generation, capture, and dissemination of traceability knowledge. Going forward, the SALT project has shifted its focus toward facilitating acquisition and application of traceability information, including an emphasis on regional and country-focused engagement in service of the global community.
Of course, none of this work would be possible without our amazing team at FishWise. I’m continually thankful to be working with such passionate and knowledgeable people!
- Stephani Mangunsong (Independent Expert, formerly of MDPI)
- Cristina Velez Srinivasan (USAID, Regional Development Mission for Asia)
- Becky Fontanilla (Freelance Consultant, Philippines)