The September Update

Sea Land Processors (Fiji) Ltd Took Traceable Fresh Tuna Sashimi to The Seafood Expo Asia

September started with Sea Land Processors (Fiji) Ltd (part of the Sea Quest/Sea Land Group Of Companies) displaying traceable fresh tuna sashimi at the Seafood Expo Asia, in Hong Kong, 4th-6th September. Representatives from Sea Land Processors (Fiji) Ltd were excited to showcase a traced product and we were glad to be of service. TraSeable’s QR codes were displayed with the fresh tuna sashimi, for traceability enthusiasts at the Expo to scan.

If you’re eager to learn more about the two loins processed by Sea Land Processors (Fiji) that made their way to the Seafood Expo Asia, check out their story by clicking on FJ00004 and FJ00005.

Wahid in a discussion with Tasty Kitchen staff, at the Seafood Expo Asia Photo Credit: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA Facebook Post

 

Representatives from Sea Quest/Sea Land Group Of Companies and Solander (Pacific) Ltd, answering questions from visitors and potential buyers Photo Credit: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency, FFA Facebook Post

WWF-NZ Blockchain Traced Tuna Project

There has been lot of hype these days around Blockchain applications. Blockchain has been identified as being useful for supply chain traceability that allows for transparency. This transparency layer is enabled because each transaction is stored in a decentralised manner that anyone on the system can check and verify their accuracy. We continue our work on the WWF-NZ project, that is getting ‘Blockchain Traced’ Tuna to the New Zealand market.

Also in September, we sent out the first batch of tags and a tablet on a Solander (Pacific) Ltd vessel, as a training-of-the-sorts for the crew. There’s been quite a few lessons learned from this training exercise which has helped us improve our platform for data capture out at sea. Unexpected delays in the arrival of our tags and labelling equipment, presented us with the opportunity to make these necessary changes. It also gave the crew and the processing team a chance to exercise and become aware of the additional task, before the first shipment of ‘Blockchain Traced’ Tuna is sent to New Zealand.

Electronic Applications and Authorisations

A 12 week trial for Electronic Applications and Authorisations has been in the works for some time now and we have been liaising with both industry and Fisheries. We believe that the outcome of this trial will showcase how it can improve efficiency and cut costs through online applications of permits and other authorisations. Our last meeting with our Fisheries contact was promising and we are happy to work with the three fishing companies that have stepped forward to participate in this exercise and they are  Sea Quest (Fiji) Ltd, Solander (Pacific) Ltd and Hangton Pacific Co Ltd. We have had our team gathering preliminary information and look forward to kick starting this 12 week trial that should begin in late October.  

August – The start to the rest of the world.

August was a pretty busy month for TraSeable. Apart from our usual efforts to transform and provide traceability solutions to stakeholders here in Fiji, we have begun work on another WWF-NZ project. If you missed out on our initial project with WWF-NZ and want to learn more here is the project report by our colleague at WWF-NZ, Bubba Cook.

This time round, the project sees us partnering with WWF- NZ, Sea Quest (Fiji) Ltd. , Sea Land Processors Ltd., Solander (Pacific) Ltd. and Viant/ConsenSys as well as distributors and markets in New Zealand to introduce ‘Blockchain Traced’ Tuna to the New Zealand market.

Three boats are to be outfitted with re-usable tags and tablets to capture data for each fish hauled on-board.  After landing and processing, and of course subsequent data capturing, fish will be dispatched to New Zealand, where key data elements will be captured, hopefully up until the consumer. This will be our first full scale trial of providing traceability past the processing facility here in Fiji.

Murphy’s law – of course no project is complete without a hick-up. We were off to a shaky start because for some reason by the time funds arrived a few components were sold out here in Fiji. But we didn’t let that stop us, a quick work-around and re-arrangement of plans and we were off to a successful start which included a number of crew and staff training .

August also brought us the opportunity to meet with, and discuss our solution with prospective future collaborators from all over, including Germany, Canada, New Zealand, USA, Venezuela and Panama.  It will take time, but we will let you know once fruition takes place.

The last few days of August brought us another opportunity to meet the world. This time Asia, in the form of the Asian Seafood EXPO, in Wanchai Hongkong. Although, in this case we are not directly involved, we were honoured by  Sea Quest (Fiji) Ltd., who have sent Yellowfin loins to the Expo with our traceability solution attached.

The Expo isn’t until the first few days of September so keep an eye out for our next post to find out how it went as well as for an update on the New Zealand project.

Solander Crew Training – Steven showing where best to tag fish
Sea Quest Crew Training – Crew practice using the TraSeable App
Sea Quest Crew Training – Ken explaining the TraSeable App for data collections

 

A summary of our last few months

Our blog has been silent for the last few months despite our team continuing to work on getting our blockchain-enabled traceability platform ready for the market.

Here are some highlights.


July

Developing Fiji’s Blockchain Developers

TraSeable - USP IEP Team
TraSeable IEP Team at USP L-R: Siddhant Anand, Geeta Singh, Mohammed Moishin, and TraSeable Founder Kenneth Katafono

TraSeable is sponsoring a Future of Fisheries project in USP‘s IEP programme this semester where the goal of the project is build a decentralised application (dApp) on the Ethereum blockchain that can complement TraSeable’s seafood traceability platform.  Expecting a future demand for blockchain developers in the Pacific, TraSeable is helping to develop the first generation of Fijian blockchain developers.

A team of 3 final year Bachelor of Software Engineering students (Siddhant Anand, Geeta Singh, and Mohammed Moishin) were assigned to the project following a pitch from TraSeable Founder Ken.

Meeting Fiji’s Ministry of Fisheries

We had our first formal meeting with the Ministry of Fisheries including the Director of Fisheries, Mr. Aisake Batibasaga, and senior fisheries officials together with industry representative, Mr. Anare Raiwalui.  We gave an update on our seafood traceability efforts including how we hoped to help the Industry streamline certain manual processes including permit processing and vessel notifications.  It was also an opportunity to provide a brief overview of blockchain technology and how we are using it.  There was general agreement to look at opportunities to work more closely with the Ministry and all stakeholders including for the possibility of an initial trial of some features of our platform.

This was a timely meeting noting that the Fijian Government recently agreed to accede to the FAO Port State Measures Agreement and that we are starting the next phase of work with the WWF to get fully blockchain traceable fish to an international retail market.


June

Meeting Samoa Fisheries

TraSeable presenting to the Samoan Fisheries Division
TraSeable presenting to the Samoan Fisheries Division

While in Apia, Samoa we took the opportunity to present our traceability platform to the Samoan Fisheries Division.  We had interesting discussions on using the same concept for value-adding to seafood and agricultural products from communities that could potentially fetch a greater value for their products by being able to tell the stories of those products through the supply chain.

We join the ConsenSys Academy Developer Program

Founder Ken applied successfully for a scholarship to join the highly sought-after ConsenSys Academy 2018 Developer Program which is an 11 week “end-to-end Ethereum developer course” and is delivered fully online.  He becomes one of the first people in the Pacific to be part of the program which is only being run for the second year with close to 1,000 participants from around the world.

Read more on the ConsenSys Academy Developer Program


May

Engaging Fiji Fisheries Stakeholders

We hosted a successful event with stakeholders from the Ministry of Fisheries and Industry where several fishing companies joined us to hear about our traceability platform and how we aim to improve some of the challenges they currently have when doing business.

Presentations

We were invited to speak at various events:

  1. CTA Regional Forum on Novel ICT Applications for Pacific Agrifood and Nutritious Systems – we presented on Realising Greater Transparency and New Value in Fisheries Value Chains through Blockchain Technology.  Regional Forum report available here.
  2. World Tuna Day at the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat – we spoke on the application of blockchain technology for tuna traceability and our experiences in Fiji
  3. USP Guest Lecture – we presented on Innovation and Entrepreneurship to students taking CS001: Foundations of Professional Practice
  4. Vodafone Fiji – we were invited to speak to staff of Vodafone Fiji on blockchain technology and our use of it in our traceability platform.

April

Regional Blockchain TechCamp

Participants of the Regional Blockchain TechCamp in Suva, Fiji
Participants of the Regional Blockchain TechCamp in Suva, Fiji

Together with the US Embassy in Fiji, the Fiji Blockchain Community, and USP, we hosted a successful Regional Blockchain TechCamp with 52 participants from over 8 Pacific Island countries.  We were fortunate to have international speakers in person from ConsenSys, Power Ledger, WWF, and OxFam together with remote presentations from Horizon State, Everledger, and Cleantech21.

Visit our TechCamp event page.