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

 

Wishing you Season’s Greetings!

We’d like to take this time to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

It’s been a hectic last few months for our little startup with so many firsts and an exciting 2018 ahead of us!

Here’s a few things that have happened in the last few weeks:

We’ve grown!

We’ve welcomed three very bright and talented members to the TraSeable Solutions team – Jasha joins us as a Traceability Support Officer in a part-time capacity and Leba and Shaazreen have joined us as interns.

Jasha and Leba have backgrounds in Marine Science and Marine Affairs together with experience in Fiji’s coastal fisheries while Shaaz is a final year Software Engineering student at the University of the South Pacific.

It’s finally out!

Viant

We’ve been very fortunate to be supporting the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Sea Quest (Fiji) Ltd in the beta program for the Viant platform built by the folks at ConsenSys.  We’re using Viant for a “bait to plate” use case for seafood traceability on the blockchain and are very excited to be one of the few companies in the world to be part of this program and to have an early play with Viant.

We’ll write more on this in the near future.

Read more about Viant here:

Our first Fish labels are in!

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Looking forward to getting these fish labels on individual fish exported from Fiji in early 2018.  Scan the QR code or visit the website address to see what type of information you can look forward to getting about your fish.

We’re keen to hear your thoughts on these labels and the story.

We expect to go through several iterations of these to refine the design and materials used so your input now can help shape where this goes.

More to come in 2018

And don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten that we’ll be posting on the use of blockchain as one part of the solution to global fisheries transparency.  That will come out as a 2 part post in January 2018.

Until 2018, stay safe out there folks!