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Blockchain For Sustainable Fishing Practices

We know this is somewhat off topic but what a fantastic application for the blockchain and exactly the sort of approach that makes blockchain far more than a money making exercise. Now, if we could just engineer block chain codes into plastic so even the smallest plastic microfibre in the ocean could be traced to source we might have a world that our kids could live in.


New Food Economy reports

The future of seafood is bait-to-plate transparency on the blockchain

Sometime soon, American eaters may be able to purchase tuna labeled with a QR code that can be scanned to reveal when and where the fish was caught, and by whom. This new blockchain project aims to prove that a completely transparent, traceable seafood supply chain is possible, and can curb misdeeds on the high seas.


a new project backed by WWF aims to make the seafood supply chain less opaque, promising completely traceable fish from “bait to plate,” or “boat to throat.” Working with a Fijian tech startup called TraSeable, a small fishing company called Sea Quest, and a Brooklyn blockchain company called Viant, WWF is piloting a system that uses a combination of radio-frequency identification chips—or RFID tags—and QR codes to track tuna on a blockchain-based platform as it moves through the supply chain. Sea Quest has already tracked tuna from a boat to the processing center to the domestic market, but most of its product is destined for the export market. WWF and Sea Quest have yet to partner with a distributor or retailer in the United States, so that last mile still eludes them.

Sea Quest is a relatively small fishing outfit. The company handles its own processing and exporting, so moving those operations onto the same tracking system is not as complicated as it would be if that work was carried out by different companies. Cook says he wanted to keep things simple for the pilot—to prove the concept before scaling up or complicating the system. He also has the advantage of having worked with Sea Quest in the past. In 2013, the company installed devices called Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) on its fishing vessels as part of a partnership with WWF to promote transparency and responsible fisheries management through AIS tracking.

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