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Scaling Traceability in the Seafood Industry

Perhaps more than any other industry, seafood demands the most foresight in selecting partners. Electronic traceability is required to ensure a fishery is not rapidly approaching collapse. Sissel Waage and Thomas Kraft write about the ramifications for The Guardian. The Vietnam tuna fishery switched from longline to handline in 2012, and although costs reduced, so too in similar proportion did product quality, and the fishery was suddenly devalued. Conversely, Norpac Fisheries Export developed a system back in 2002 that tracks raw material and finished products both, allowing real time access to data as varied as “fishing area, vessel name, species, weight, grade, logistics chain, finished cut(s), yield, temperature, and more.” It has the added effect of reducing waste, improving yield, and empowering employees. A reason why such systems are not in place more often is estimated to be a general lack of familiarity with how much IT can stand to improve operations. But real time data is necessary in this day and age to keep a grasp on what the industry looks like from minute to minute, and sustainability has become a major requirement for businesses such as McDonald’s and Darden. Supply chains need to know where goods and materials have been and where they are going.

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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