Traceability and Supply Chain

Seafood supply chain validation powered by OceanMind

Import regulations into major markets such as the EU or US are driving the need for greater visibility from catch to plate. While there are many solutions to help manage this problem, there are complexities that when combined with varying levels of regulation and compliance around the world, result in a lack of end-to-end supply chain traceability. Often seafood buyers are forced to rely on claims from vessel captains as to where and how a catch was harvested.  Independent third-party verification and validation of these claims is needed to give confidence that the fish entering the supply chain has been caught in compliance with conservation and management measures. OceanMind uses innovative technology and subject matter expertise to provide our partners with information and intelligence that verifies catching vessel activity. This increased awareness helps supply chains to make evidence-based decisions when it comes to purchasing fish and fishery products. The use of remote sensing tools to verify activity has proven to be a successful way to verify and validate a traceable and sustainable supply chain.

Similar concerns arise when bringing a new supplier or fishery into the supply chain.  While sustainability audits provide a point-in-time check that internationally agreed standards are in place, given the risks to reputation and revenue from regulatory breach, deeper due diligence into catching practices is often warranted.  With our in-depth expertise in fisheries management and compliance, OceanMind is ideally placed to support your BSI PAS 1550:2017 compliant due diligence process to establish the legal origin of seafood products and marine ingredients.

OceanMind’s expertise also extends to the social aspects of compliance.  Modern slavery regulations have been developed in response to the shocking prevalence in abuse and violence towards workers in the catching sector.  OceanMind is committed to finding ways to detect and preserve human rights at sea, to apprehend the perpetrators whilst giving the victims a voice. OceanMind has developed artificial intelligence algorithms that can be used to identify the vessels most likely to be in breach of human rights regulations, so that they can be subjected to rigorous inspection upon entry into port. We are committed to continual improvement of our innovation and technology to help solve this most horrific of issues.

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