Project ReCon concludes first year; GSA signs MoU with FishChoice

Project Recon team

SeafoodSource is closely following the sustainable seafood movement by compiling a regular round-up of sector updates about sustainability initiatives and certifications.

-Madrid, Spain-based technology company for fisheries solutions Satlink announced the first anniversary of its Project ReCon. The project gives a second life to echosounder buoys used in tuna fishing. 

The project launched in December 2022 in Australia in partnership with the NGO Tangaroa Blue Foundation.

"Project ReCon not only helps prevent these devices from becoming technological waste due to ocean currents or adverse weather conditions, but also reconditions them for scientific and environmental purposes, such as marking and monitoring marine debris, scientific research, or prevention of natural disasters," Satlink Head of Sustianability Kathryn Gavira said in a release.  "Since its inception, over 4 tons of ghost nets have been collected thanks to ReCon buoys."

Since it was launched, more than 100 fishing vessels and 22 tuna companies worldwide have agreed to participate in the project. 

-The Global Seafood Alliance (GSA) has launched a new collaborative project with FishChoice to increase FIP Traceability. 

Portsmouth, New Hampshire U.S.A.-based GSA announced a memorandum of understanding with FishChoice to expand the value of the organization by providing greater assurances for traceability for FIPs reporting on it site, 

“As GSA continues to engage in the wild seafood space, we’re working with our marketplace partners to identify where our organization can provide the most value,” GSA CEO Wally Stevens said in a release. “It’s exciting to start a project like this with FishChoice where we’ll leverage our longstanding and proven expertise in the auditing of seafood processing facilities to address current gaps in the assurance of credible FIP traceability in the marketplace.”

The two organizations said they will work to provide clarity and value to wild seafood across the supply chain which operates outside of third-party fishery certification programs. 

“As the most widely traded food commodity in the world, seafood brings a unique set of challenges in traceability and assurance,” FishChoice CEO Richard Boot said in a release. “Finding practical ways to use technology to address these challenges is essential to continue moving toward an environmentally and socially responsible seafood industry.”

Photo courtesy of Satlink


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