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