Sustainability and regeneration of the oceans require the opening and harmonizing of silos and the development of a common technical base for synergistic solutions.
This unarguably requires transparent and comprehensive interoperability between and among systems, platforms, applications, and devices essential to the transformation of seafood production and meaningful environmental sustainably and regeneration.
The world is getting smaller and smaller as more people connect with one another over networked computerized systems. Enhanced connections speed up reaction times as people can communicate more easily, but there are also gains being made as various software and computer systems link up with one another for automated data sharing.
With so many complex systems being networked together, issues of interoperability should be on the minds of people working in all types of industries, with the seafood industry being no exception. Interoperability refers to the basic ability of computerized systems to connect and communicate with one another readily, even if they were developed by widely different manufacturers in different industries. Being able to exchange information between applications, databases, and other computer systems is crucial for the modern economy.
Seafood Commons is a participant in the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) through the World Ocean Observatory. GDST is an international, business-to-business platform established to advance a unified framework for interoperable seafood traceability practices, bringing together a broad spectrum of stakeholders from across different parts of the supply chain, as well as relevant civil society experts from diverse regions. Industry-led efforts to define a common set of "key data elements" (KDEs) have already begun, however, until these discussions are broadened and universalized, the absence of a common approach to seafood KDEs will remain a serious obstacle to efficiency, interoperability, and adequately harmonised regulations.
Through the Global Dialogue, the industry can come together to agree on a universal set of basic KDEs. A global convergence around standardised seafood KDEs, along with parameters for their technical content and identification of their authoritative sources, will help reduce costs, increase access to new suppliers or customers, and simplify verification processes.
GS1 Standards are the shared language businesses use to sell, grow, remain competitive, and even reinvent themselves. They allow you to easily identify, manage, and share product data with your trading partners, supply chains, and customers to streamline operations, cut costs, and deliver richer, more satisfying customer experiences.
GS1 Standards help establish the foundation for clearer communication in an increasingly complex foodservice supply chain. Industry-wide adoption of standards will provide a common language to help trading partners share information not only with each other, but with their consumers as well.
GS1 Standards are like the DNA of items and products moving through their value chain. By uniquely identifying each, it’s possible to link items and products with relevant information.
MSC Standard reviews are consistent with best practice codes and guidelines provided by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), ISEAL and the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI). These reviews engage academics, fellow NGOs, governments, and industry.
The MSC develops the MSC Fisheries, Seaweed and Chain of Custody Standards over time. We also regularly develop the process that certifiers use to assess fisheries and supply chain companies against our Standards.
Every five years, The Fisheries Standard Review (FSR) considers issues raised by stakeholders and data from our own monitoring and evaluation team. The aim of this review is to make sure scientific developments and fisheries management best practice are reflected in MSC certified fisheries. This review might also look at what we call the scope of the Fisheries Standard: what types of fishing activity can be assessed to the Standard.
Seafood Watch standards for aquaculture, fisheries, and salmonid-specific fisheries set the environmental sustainability bar for seafood. They undergo regular review to ensure the latest science and best management practices are incorporated into our Seafood Watch assessments.
Seafood Watch ratings and eco-certifications cover less than half of the total global production of seafood. To supplement our recommendations, we are working within the Global Seafood Ratings Alliance, a coalition of seafood rating organizations from around the world, to provide additional information on sustainable seafood to consumers and business partners.
Un-numbered institutions, educational and professional, offer courses, training and certifications that advance a regenerative industry. But to date, there is no universal coordination or collaboration spaces for education or certification communities. Seafood Commons offers a broad ecosystem to channel educational development into meaningful applications with seafood industry professionals, building a "community of practice" across institutions.
The industry is burdened with an ever growing explosion of quality certifications. Thankfully, there are other like minded organizations and coalitions consolidating the useful certifications and distinguishing them from redundant or meaningless certifications. Global Seafood Ratings Alliance is one such coalition of like minded organizations that are bringing collaboration to the certification space.
"Governments and food businesses strive to improve food safety and security. However, the default behaviour is to operate in self interested information silos. This prevents effective communication and transparency in food safety incidents and food recalls. This also inhibits information flow to consumers and the wider food chain.
History has proven that this task cannot be solved by governments or individual businesses alone. As an industry wide issue, it can only be solved by working together and innovating to reduce risks, costs and increase opportunity" - Global Food Blockchain Initiative (GFBI)
"Semantic Web" is sometimes used as a synonym for "Web 3.0", though the definition of each term varies. Web 3.0 has started to emerge as a movement away from the centralization of services like search, social media and chat applications that are dependent on a single organization to function.
GraphQL is emerging as the foundation layer for the Internet of Things (IoT).
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