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Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing threatens marine ecosystems and global food security. This unsustainable practice and the networks supporting it may also be involved in transnational crime and other illicit activity such as human rights abuses, human trafficking, and forced labor. While governments and NGOs work to monitor fisheries and raise awareness of these […]

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By Cora Sorenson The billboards outside the heavily touristed Westminster Abbey in London let me know that modern slavery is on Britain’s mind. These posters communicated the degradations of forced labor and human trafficking in a variety of sectors that intersect with our everyday lives. Clearly the British government is seeking to put this subject […]

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On September 10th 2015, a Taiwanese fishing vessel conducted a transshipment of tuna to the Panamanian flagged refrigerated vessel MV Victoria, roughly 500 miles off the coast of Peru. The observer onboard documenting the transshipment was the MV Victoria’s U.S. fisheries observer Keith Davis. A crewman aboard the Taiwanese fishing vessel witnessed Keith Davis observing […]

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FishWise’s networks and activities span the globe, and this month’s blog feature is no exception. Senior Project Manager Erin Taylor brings you stories from her time with partner North Atlantic Inc./Bali Seafood International in Sumbawa, Indonesia this past February, where she observed a ceremony to commission NAI/BSI’s new fish processing plant–a bold vision years in […]

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By Meg Songer, Project Manager The forum, organized by Save the Waves Coalition and Surfrider Foundation and hosted by the Dream Inn in Santa Cruz, could not have been set in a more idyllic location. Big windows lining the conference room allow attendees to catch glimpses of the Santa Cruz Wharf and the surf (or […]

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Looking to take the first steps in implementing electronic traceability?  Attempting to calculate your ROI from adopting traceability practices? Trying to simply keep up with the latest traceability terms? Future of Fish has launched an Industry Seafood Traceability Toolkit that is just for you! Building off of the original Traceability 101 Toolkit,  Future of Fish […]

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Increasing demand for tuna products claiming to be harvested without the use of fish aggregated devices (i.e. FAD-free) has resulted in the need for additional verification measures within purse seine tuna supply chains. In response, FishWise and Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) have developed a new resource to provide best practice recommendations for companies making FAD-free […]

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A new mini-documentary, From the Inside Out: Stories of Social Capital in Seafood, explores the concept of social capital and the value it can bring to sustainable seafood production. Social capital is the value and quality of relationships and connections (human networks) within and across social groups. The documentary proposes that sufficient social capital is necessary […]

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A collaboration of four NGOs with strong presence in the seafood traceability space–FishWise, Future of Fish, the IFT’s Global Food Traceability Center, and WWF–will be leading a seafood traceability workshop at the Seafood Expo North America (SENA) on what is required for implementing seafood traceability systems. This hands-on training session will present attendees with available tools and […]

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We sat in collective silence in a Bangkok conference room, listening intently to the Thai, Burmese, and English translations coming through our earpieces. Three Burmese workers spoke quietly but emotionally of experiences working without pay for months or years, of wages earned but never received. “Please do not exploit” they said. “A human being is […]

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