Illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is a major threat to ocean ecosystems worldwide. Furthermore, it is often associated with modern-day slavery as several reports have shown.
Ian Urbina has been writing for years for The New York Times about crimes offshore and “Sea Slaves”. Associated Press journalists investigated the fishing industry in Southeast Asia. Their reporting “Seafood from Slaves” freed more than 2,000 slaves and traced the seafood they caught to supermarkets across the U.S.
How seafood's "dark web" obscures fraud, fish laundering, and slavery on the high seas
Ships routinely transfer fish on the open ocean. Most of the time, no one's watching. Americans eat a lot of fish. In…
Improving Food Traceability
Blockchain technology can be used to track seafood along global supply chains — from sea to plate. This allows consumers to verify claims about sustainable and ethical sources with smartphone apps.
“Traceability is fundamental to ensuring your supply chain is not tainted with forced labors…”
— Ed Marcum, Managing Director of Humanity United
Provenance: “Tracking tuna on the blockchain”
Food traceability has been shown to be successful in a pilot project, supported by Humanity United and run in Indonesia by the British technology company Provenance, the results of which are released in a report.
This pilot shows how unique tools built by Provenance can be used to prove claims made about products along a supply chain, by tracking chain-of-custody, allowing consumers to access verified information about the origins of fish they are purchasing in a store or at a restaurant.