Traceability is key to ensure all tuna products are caught and produced responsibly. This is why Anova Food USA, through its Fishing & Living program, has committed to 100% traceable seafood by 2020. To achieve this, Fishing & Living and Anova Food USA work continuously to improve traceability systems in various supply chains and partnered with suppliers, NGOs, academia and government development programs to pilot and implement modern, reliable and efficient traceability systems.
In Indonesia, Fishing & Living has partnered with MDPI and USAID to implement traceability solutions for small-scale fishing and processing operations. To implement full chain traceability, we work with all actors in the supply chain including fishermen, middlemen and processors/exporters. At the fisherman level, electronic vessel monitoring systems (VMS) such as Spot Trace and Pelagic Data Systems, are being piloted and allow us to know where the fish was caught. At the middleman level, an electronic tally application (Trafiz) developed by USAID under the OCEANS project and using smartphones and tablets is being tested. This allows for all transactions to be recorded electronically and uploaded to an online database. Finally, at the processor/exporter level, an electronic tally system developed by MDPI and funded by USAID OCEANS (Trace Tales) is place in multiple small-scale processing plants. When all the systems are connected, this allows small-scale fisheries supply chain to meet customer and regulatory traceability requirements. Additionally, based on these electronic traceability systems, Fishing & Living/Anova Food USA is piloting the use of blockchain technology to create tamper proof full chain traceability.