Online hub unifies traceability efforts

An online hub will help global efforts to improve traceability Photo: USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership/Farid Maruf An online hub will help global efforts to improve traceability Photo: USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership/Farid Maruf

The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) has launched an online learning hub to showcase seafood traceability efforts around the globe and encourage collaboration across industry, governments and NGOs.

Launched at the World Seafood, Congress in Malaysia on 9 September, the SALT learning hub offers free online tools such as a repository of easily accessible resources about traceability, an interactive map displaying current work and a platform to circulate stories about traceability discoveries to promote best practices.

“SALT is about bringing people together from across the world," explained Jenny Barker, SALT’s chief of party. "This hub is for the global SALT collective to connect online around seafood traceability and it has the potential to significantly move the field forward.”

Traceability, particularly if accomplished digitally, is one tool to help expose unlawful fishing and improve fisheries management but progress can be hindered by stakeholders working in isolation. SALT, a public-private partnership between the US Agency for International Development and the Walton Family, Packard, and Moore Foundations sees collaboration as central to its mission.

"We saw common challenges across our grantees around developing, implementing, and scaling electronic catch documentation and traceability systems, but didn’t have a platform for them to share lessons learned,” said Teresa Ish of the Walton Family Foundation. “SALT has already helped build relationships between grantees in different countries and we’re seeing a stronger network and more information sharing across organisations.”

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