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ICT4Fisheries Conference: five traceability takeaways

By Traci Linder (FishWise) and Fiona Lugo-Mulligan (Future of Fish) It's the Information Age. And, if you, like us, wonder how developments in information and communication technologies (ICT) can help advance sustainability and traceability in small-scale fisheries...then read on! FishWise and Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) Project Director Traci Linder and Future of Fish (FoF) Traceability Program Director Fiona Mulligan recently attended the ICT4Fisheries 2019 conference where such wonderings were at the heart of the discussion. FoF and FishWise have long collaborated on a variety of traceability projects, sharing…

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How do you define government data modernization?

Earlier this year, Future of Fish undertook a research project on fisheries data modernization efforts across governments. From this work we’ve come up with a proposed definition for ‘government data modernization’ and we want to know what you think. The Information Age is here, but fisheries that are able to effectively collect and use data continue to be a rarity around the world. This generates several problems, including flawed catch limits, a lack of reliable forecasting or enforcement, and the inability to meet demands…

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Data Modernization Moves: SERNAPESCA and Future of Fish MOU signals collaboration

VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL DISPONIBLE It’s been a strong year for fisheries improvement in Chile.  As we wrote about in January, the government kicked-off 2019 with passage of a modernization law to strengthen enforcement and transparency across Chile’s extensive fisheries and supply chains.  As part of this effort, Future of Fish is excited to continue our partnership with SERNAPESCA to improve data systems and build stronger infrastructure for protection and improvement of Chile’s fisheries—a partnership that was made official on July 17, 2019, through the signing of…

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Project Crossroads: moving towards action with fishing caletas and open air vendors

Over the last year, Future of Fish has been working through a co-design process with four Chilean artisanal hake caletas, leading them through idea development, business modelling and most recently to the finalisation of business plans. Last month we brought everyone together in Valparaiso, to discuss our cross-caleta learnings and plan our next steps. Working with four caletas in different locations (El Quisco, Duao, San Antonio and San Pedro Concon) and a group of open air market vendors (mostly from Santiago) means that Future…

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Celebrating Women in Fisheries

World Ocean Day was June 8, and we loved hearing about all the inspiring projects and activists working to improve the health of our oceans. This year’s focus was “gender and the ocean,” a topic very dear to our hearts. Of course, work to protect marine environments and create thriving fisheries is a year-round job, so this week we’re continuing the appreciation for ocean advocates by giving props to some of our favorite women in fisheries. From tech to government, these amazing women are…

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Keeping track of the Fish+Tech space

The fish tech space is growing, and fast. It was just a few years back that industry folks and nonprofits alike were trying to get their heads around what end-to-end traceability might look like and which technologies might be used to facilitate it. Since then, we’ve seen technologies such as blockchain, electronic monitoring, and machine learning make a splash in the seafood and ocean conservation spaces. With the exploding number of companies and initiatives, it can be hard to keep up. The good news…

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Chile Takes Action against Illegal Fishing with New Law

Versión en Español a abajo Chile is taking a big step forward in the fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing with the Chilean Senate’s approval of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (SERNAPESCA) modernization project. These new regulations modernize SERNAPESCA, giving it more power to fight illegal fishing and punish the supply chain players who trade in—and profit from—illegally caught seafood. The enforcement capabilities are coupled with a mandate that increases transparency in access to the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS), and makes…

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Collaborating to Advance Seafood Traceability

The organizations working on seafood sustainability and traceability are many, and they’re mighty. Historically, though, there’s been little support for them to work together to solve problems and amplify their efforts. This siloing—common across the nonprofit and NGO spaces—means that it’s harder for us to share our learnings, spend time working together, and collaborate for impact. Fortunately, the tide is turning: building on years of seafood traceability expertise, FishWise, Future of Fish, the Global Food Traceability Center, and World Wildlife Fund came together in…

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Getting our Feet Wet: Launching a Traceability RFP Process in Belize

Want to implement electronic traceability in seafood supply chains? Grab a hair net, some rubber boots, and tie on a smock. Rather than beginning with the technology, our Global Operations team can share that transitioning seafood supply chains from data-poor to data-rich starts with getting your feet wet—literally.   This is how we found ourselves on a recent November morning following a very-patient Quality Control manager around the floor of his processing plant in Belize City. Jason works for The National Fishermen Cooperative Society…

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Storytelling meets innovation in Baja California

Empowering small-scale fisheries on a global stage *** Más abajo, versión en español *** Earlier this month, Future of Fish Research Associate Iván Greco attended the 4th Baja California Sustainable Fisheries Management Forum in Ensenada, Mexico, hosted by EDF-Mexico and the Baja California state government. Focused on “Innovation and Sustainability: Fishing Improvement Opportunities for Baja California,” the event was a fantastic venue for sharing and learning how Mexico’s small fishing communities can compete on the global stage. Baja California is one of Mexico’s more…

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Finding the One: Insights from our Seafood Summit panel

Introduction Selecting a traceability technology provider — or better yet, a group of them — can be a daunting step for any seafood supplier. That’s why we were thrilled to have veterans of the traceability implementation process join us for a panel called “Finding the One” at the 2017 Seafood Summit in Seattle, Washington. In this first-ever all-women panel, representatives from International Pole & Line Foundation (IPLNF), Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) and The Nature Conservancy Belize (TNC Belize) shared their unique business drivers,…

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How to get seafood supply chains on board with traceability

Traceability is a powerful tool for suppliers and consumers alike, so why isn’t it more widespread? We set out to better understand the roadblocks keeping seafood supply chains from adopting full-chain traceability. Drawing on our relationships with seafood processors, suppliers, and fishers, we examined the underlying factors that need to be overcome in order to implement traceability technology. We're proud to announce that our findings have been published in the August 2017 issue of the Journal of Food Science, alongside parallel research from our partners…

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