IoT Based Global Commons

A Purpose Driven Industry Designed to Solve
The Biggest Problem the World Has Ever Faced

We are running out of time. Seafood Commons is creating the organizational and legal foundation to create a Purpose Driven Industry.

Julia Barnes a 16 years old learning for the first time that the world's coral reefs, rainforests, and fisheries are expected to disappear within her lifetime bought a couple of cameras, learned to dive, and set out on a mission to expose the biggest threats facing the ocean.

She released the award-winning Sea of Life documentary in 2017.

The State of the Oceans

  • Mass extinction
  • Retains heat / global warming
  • Increased acidification
  • Plankton and coral die off
  • Soon more plastic than fish

Participate in the Ocean's Future

We are inviting knowledgeable stakeholders to join as we collaboratively develop the initial version of the Seafood Commons Multi-stakeholder Partnership Agreement to be introduced at Seafood Expo North America – Boston, Mass – March 17-19, 2019.

We will begin collaboration on the Seafood Commons Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at Seafood Expo Global — Brussels, Belgium — May 7-9, 2019.

High Seas as a Legal Entity

Seafood Commons and the World Ocean Observatory in collaboration with the Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy Clinic are initiating a participatory Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) intended to define "COMMONS" as a new form of international legal entity and governance. In international relations, MOUs fall under the broad category of treaties and are registered in the United Nations Treaty Collection

The Seafood Commons MOU will eventually become an “Intelligent Living Charter” for open-source interoperable standards to regenerate the world’s oceans, established and governed by seafood stakeholders across industry sectors, regulatory agencies, and society.

It is informed by proven practices like Elinor Ostrom’s “self-governing resource systems”, a universal approach to reverse the “Tragedy of the Commons” which won her the Nobel Prize in Economics, and enhanced by leading-edge open source technology developed with on-the-sea fishers and aquaculturists., will serve as an open source and decentralized democratic governance protocol for collaboration and governance. Additional technology partners of the Seafood Commons are establishing transparent supply chain sensor systems to automate and secure the tracking of regenerative approaches on the blockchain.

Multi-stakeholder Process


The core Seafood Commons team participated in the UN Multi-stakeholder process since our involvement with The UN Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012. We have come to understand the difficulties, frustrations, and misunderstandings that take place in interest-based associations.

As the Multi-stakeholder Institute states: The experience with Multi-stakeholder Partnerships (MSPs) over the last 15 years, and in particular their involvement with the United Nations, has been mixed. At the center of this has been that there is a lack of shared understanding of what partnerships are, how they should work, and what they should accomplish. The MSP Charter is a tool to address this. It is meant to help create a shared vision among governments, international institutions, Major Groups and other stakeholders of what we aspire to when creating and working in partnerships to help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Once we have established the foundation criteria for a broad agreement to start from we can begin to effectively collaborate on developing the MOU and a Purpose Driven Industry.

Rationale: Statement of Need

High Seas as a legal entity

There is currently no effective management framework for the high seas. Though negotiations and meetings are underway to create a new treaty for managing biodiversity on the high seas, this will likely take years to enter into force. The Earth Law Center is working to designate the High Seas as a legal entity. There is a growing consensus that 30–50% of the ocean should be protected as marine reserves to conserve and protect biodiversity and ocean health. This needs to be our minimum, but we should aim higher. Also, multiple studies show the benefits exceed the costs for closing the high seas to fishing. With almost two-thirds of the ocean is beyond areas of national jurisdiction, this represents an opportunity to evolve our approach to marine conservation, and conserve half of the ocean by fully protecting the high seas.

With the ocean recognized as a legal entity, it would be taken out of the realm of property. The high seas, therefore, would no longer belong to one Nation, or all Nations, but instead is a living area belonging to itself, with representation of its interests- that we must respect and manage responsibly and sustainably. This rids us of the common access and tragedy of the commons problems that are now so prevalent.

Seafood Commons MSP

Multi-stakeholder Partnership

In order for the global seafood community and stakeholders to begin collaboration on the creation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) it is critical that we begin with a basic agreement and understanding of the multi-stakeholder process.

We are crafting a Seafood Commons Charter for Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) articulating key principles of working in MSPs. The SFC-MSP Charter is based on a model developed jointly by MSP Institute and Tellus Institute.

The SFC-MSP Charter retains the complete intent and principles of the original charter with specific references and updates added which are relevant to a Commons, the Seafood Industry, and the creation of a Purpose Driven Industry.

The MSP Charter outlines the main characteristics and principles of MSPs, including how they aim to work internally and includes a sign-on process for partnerships and those working with, in, or on the MSP to declare that they aim to adhere to the principles and standards of the MSP Charter.

SFC Multi-Stakeholder Partnership

We have created a draft Seafood Commons MSP Charter, and provide background information and links at

We are convinced we need this to create a useful, widely shared definition of MSPs in the political and funders arena, keep establishing standards of good quality and keep building a community of (good) practice, and in the longer term establish some kind of certification mechanism for monitoring and learning purposes.

Next steps for the SFC MSP Charter are:

  • initiating the consultation process via website, email, a blog article and social media in November 2018
  • reviewing inputs and comments and redrafting the MSP Charter, including in consultation with the advisory board members, from November 2018 through February 2019
  • presenting a revised draft of the SFC MSP Charter at a workshop gathering MSP Support Platforms during Seafood Expo North America, March 17-19 2019, Boston, for further discussion
  • preparing a launch event/process and launching the Charter during the Seafood Expo Global, Brussels, Belgium, May 7-9 2019.

The Process

Why Now?

As a COMMONS, the Oceans represent 72% of the Earth’s surface.

Technology is now the global organizing force for social life.  When technology advances, its effects can be profound. The computer, for example, changed the way people practice medicine, learn, work and how they relate or even think. Now, distributed technologies, Internet of Things, and forms of Artificial Intelligence can combine with global stakeholder collaboration to create new forms of regenerative and sustainable governance. 

Magna Carta, or “Great Charter,” signed by the King of England in 1215, was a turning point in human rights. The Magna Carta, or “Great Charter,” was arguably the most significant early influence on the extensive historical process that led to the rule of constitutional law today in the English-speaking world.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just released a report warning that we have 12 years to change our practices in order to meet the maximum 1.5 degree Celsius rise in global temperature. The impact on the oceans has already been severe: we have already lost half of the world’s coral reefs. But we can save the other half.

The journal Science published a study which predicted that at prevailing trends the world would run out of wild-caught seafood in 2048. But applying sound management reforms to global fisheries could generate annual increases exceeding 16 million metric tons (MMT) in catch, $53 billion in profit, and 619 MMT in biomass relative to business as usual. With appropriate reforms, recovery can happen quickly, with the median fishery taking under 10 years to reach recovery targets.

A Purpose Driven Industry


Human Guided AI

By analyzing high-quality historical data and real-time goals of the Seafood Commons via the Purpose Driven Architecture, it will become possible to discern both qualitative and quantitative information to generate design proposals and strengthen regenerative practices that are easily achievable. In this way, a ledger can reinforce knowledge generation and plug up gaps within the industry.

We're envisioning a human-centric, goal driven ledger to drive the Fourth Industrial revolution of decentralized computing, IoT, machine learning and AIBy thinking of user data as multi-generational, it becomes possible for emerging users to benefit from the preceding generation's behaviors and decisions.

Stakeholder Governance

The Seafood Commons offers stakeholders governance, advanced collaboration and decision-making tools, and open standards for innovation; designed as a seamless twenty-first-century intelligent infrastructure at a global industry scale. The Decentralized Autonomous Industry (DAI) will connect local fisheries, communities, and regional ecosystem development programs with the Internet of Things (IoT) to scale to global traceability of seafood quality.

Knowledge Base 

Explore core keys of industry success. Each document will link to a collaboration group to begin stakeholder discussions.

  • Healing the Tragedy of the Commons


  • Multi-Stakeholder Agreement

  • Oceans and the Law of the Sea

  • Purpose Driven Industry

  • Intelligent Living Charter

  • Supply Chain

  • Better Aquaculture Practices

  • Bio Regional Development

  • Declaration of Human Rights

  • Internet Magna Carta

  • Ecosystems Restoration

  • Harmony with Nature

  • conflict resolution

  • Local Resilience

  • Planetary Boundaries

  • A Living Universe

Get Involved

Coming soon - online Book and Video discussion groups.

Soul of the Sea should be on the desks of government heads, business leaders, and concerned citizens. It is an accessible, succinct read with a pithy ocean manifesto. Stone and Degnarian’s narrative takes you through the history of our relationship with the sea, the damage we have done, and then provides a comprehensive overview of the solution that we desperately need and that include agile governance, technologies, and protection.
Dr. Russell Mittermeier | Executive Vice Chair, Conservation International

Soul of the Sea - In the Age of the Algorithm

Gregory S. Stone & Nishan Degrarain
While the state of the ocean is on the verge of many destructive tipping points, the world is also on the verge of a new era where the remarkable intelligence of humans and technology can be used not just to understand the ocean, but to restore it. If this is important to you, read Soul of the Sea-it offers a view of how we got in the problems we’re facing and more importantly, how we solve them. It’s a relatively short read full of interesting facts based on a sustainable vision for our collective future.
Celine Cousteau | CauseCentric Productions & The Celine Cousteau Film Fellowship

The Once and Future Ocean

Peter Neill

Peter Neill’s The Once and Future Ocean aspires to do nothing less than transform our relationship with the world’s most promising and imperiled natural element: the ocean and the inter-connected cycles of water, essential for all aspects of human survival in the 21st century.

A successor to Rachael Carson’s The Sea Around Us, Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac, and Jonathan Schell’s The Fate of the Earth, The Once and Future Ocean is ambitious in scope yet grounded in actionable, specific ideas and solutions for preserving the health of the world ocean. It explores the ocean's impact on climate, fresh water, food, energy, health, security, sustainable development, community living, and cultural traditions.

The author goes through how changes to our financial, social and political order are required to refocus on a new hydraulic society and the consequences if we fail to act in time. I recommended this book to all my friends and co-workers, no matter what their background; the book speaks to everyone and provides guidance on how we can take steps at home, in our workplace to start initiating this change. The book had a deep impact on me personally; I have started to do more to play my part and including my son on our journey towards contributing to a new hydraulic society.

Amazon reader

Our Roadmap

Key Milestones
As an agile development team we work on a phased delivery timeline. Our deliverable milestones are key industry events.

4Q 2018

Announcement – Purpose Driven Industry - Multi-stakeholder Agreement

Sustainable Ocean Summit
Hong Kong
Nov 18-19

1Q 2019

Release 1st Draft Multi-stakeholder Partnership Agreement (MSP)

Seafood Expo North America
Seafood Processing North America
March 17-19

2Q 2019

Release 2nd Draft Multi-stakeholder Partnership Agreement (MSP)

Seafood Expo Global
Brussels, Belgium
May 7-9

Seaweb Seafood Summit
Bangkok, Thailand
June 10-14 2019

3Q 2019

Release 1st Draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Seafood Expo Asia 
Hong Kong
Sept 3-5

4Q 2018

Release 2nd Draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

To be defined


Managed Bio-regional Development

A 2016 scientific study released in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences coupled state-of-the-art bioeconomic models for more than 4,500 fisheries around the world, representing 78% of global reported fish catch, found that in nearly every country of the world, improved management of ecosystems would simultaneously drive increases in food provision, fishery profits, and fish biomass in the sea. Test results suggest that a suite of approaches providing individual or communal access rights to fishery resources can align incentives across profit, food, and conservation.


Of Earth's Surface is Ocean


Billion Additional Revenue Per-year


Of Global Jobs are in Seafood Sector


Billion Additional Meals Per-day

Where Do We Start?

We must establish a universal guiding principle that can guide our interactions with the ocean and form the basis of our approach. It will guide our algorithm, but more importantly it will define our values.

We have said that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be guided by these values. How can we ensure that we are not left, when the dust settles, wondering how we could have let this happen, or how we failed to anticipate the consequences of, say, artificial intelligence or biotechnology? We must start designing for success.

The US Declaration of Independence gives us ‘life, liberty, and happiness.’ What is the equivalent for the oceans? What should we take as a universal principle to help guide our decision-making? Where should we look for this moral polar star? It must be high enough in the sky to be seen by everybody, where ever they are, and how high the waves. At its heart it must have a single, simple ethos, an unambiguous idea that can guide not just human behavior but the autonomous and semi-autonomous machines that we may come to rely on.

Seafood.Works - The Seafood Commons Ecosystem

Traceability from Bait-to-Plate: seafood industry open source software based on an already established and accepted set of full-cycle GS1 Seafood Industry supply chain standards.


Custom distribution of open source, business management system used by thousands of enterprises worldwide. Software that helps you take full control of your business.


Practical approaches designed to instruct and aid decision makers in the utilization of, machine learning, AI, and emotional intelligence skills to improve decision‐making.


Democratized AI Community. Collaboratively building software, information systems, and intelligent networks for Purpose Driven Ledgers. Multi-generational environmental activism and education.


Seafood.Host is a Gmail-like system designed specifically for the Seafood Industry. Get your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email account and open the doorway to industry-wide global collaboration.

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