Pelagic DATA SYSTEMS in the news


October 24, 2017 - "‘Fish Fraud’ Is Rampant. Here’s How to Fix It: A New York seafood distributor is using computerized tracking to ensure that the fish on your plate is the one that you ordered", by Elizabeth Dunn, Wall Street Journal

".... When a Dock to Dish-enabled fishing boat lands 250 pounds of line-caught tilefish off the coast of Long Island, that information is entered into a digital database system called Fishtrax, which tracks bar codes attached to boxes of fish. Both the boat and the delivery van are outfitted with solar-powered geospatial tracking devices designed by Pelagic Data Systems, allowing chefs to track the progress of their fish in real time and providing an electronically verified record of the path it took to reach them....."

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August 11, 2017 - "Prominent Canadian Distributor Albion Starts Tracing Wild Salmon" by Christine Blank, Seafood Source

Albion Farms & Fisheries, a large seafood distributor in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, recently teamed up with two technology firms to trace its wild salmon.

Albion’s partnership with San Francisco-based Pelagic Data Systems (PDS) and ThisFish, a Vancouver-based global traceability system, provides a real-time tracking and traceability system for its salmon fleet in B.C.’s North Coast....

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April 13, 2017 - "Entrepreneurs Shine a Light on Seafood Origins" by Monica Jain, National Geographic: Ocean Views

Entrepreneurs are working on systems that capture data at sea and code the seafood shipments, so that buyers know where the seafood was caught, how it was preserved, and when it was captured. For example, one Fish 2.0 alumnus, Pelagic Data Systems, has developed a solar-powered plastic box that uploads information to databases via cell network. We expect to see more innovation in this area....

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March 19, 2017 - "Pelagic Data Systems Announced as SeaWeb Seafood Champion Finalist", Market Wired

Pelagic Data Systems (PDS) is one of four finalists for the 2017 Seafood Champion Award for Innovation, SeaWeb announced today. .... "We are incredibly honored to be a Seafood Champion finalist among such great and pioneering individuals and organizations," said Dave Solomon, PDS CEO. "The innovation that has taken place in the seafood sector in recent years is truly heartening. We are pleased that SeaWeb is recognizing work on vital issues like seafood traceability and transparency."

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March 17, 2017 - "SeaWeb announces finalists for 2017 Seafood Champion Awards" by Cliff White, SeafoodSource

The 16 finalists have been announced for the 2017 Seafood Champion Awards, the seafood community's premier honor recognizing outstanding leadership in promoting environmentally responsible seafood.... In the innovation category, Silicon Valley-based Pelagic Data Systems has created a solar-powered lightweight position tracking system for small vessels that can be used to combat IUU fishing.

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March 17, 2017 - "Blue Star Foods Launches Traceability And Data Collection Tools For Blue Swimming Crab In Indonesia" Perishable News

This innovative, mobile based data collection system integrates three components to provide a completely traceable supply chain. A geospatial boat tracking system provides “on the water” data for fishing duration, location and timing. Provided by Pelagic Data Systems, these units are uniquely suited for artisanal vessel tracking. .... Dave Solomon, CEO of Pelagic Data Systems, said: “We are excited to work with Blue Star to bring transparency with a positive social & environmental impact to their supply chain in Indonesia”.

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March 1, 2017 - "Google and Local Sustainable Seafood Distributor Partner to Improve Traceability", by Kate Findlay-Shirras, Edible Manhattan

Evolving their concept for the digital age, local sustainable seafood distributor Dock to Dish is combatting these murky supply chain waters by teaming up with Google’s Global Fish Watch program. By adopting the latest technologies of ship-tracking and mapping, (with FishTrax and Pelagic Data Systems,) their daily catch will become digitally traceable, so both chefs and consumers can tap in online to follow their seafood’s journeys from boat to dinner plates through an innovative system dubbed “Dock to Dish 2.0.”

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November 20, 2016 - "The latest weapon in the fight against illegal fishing? Artificial intelligence" The Guardian

"Facial recognition... is starting to be used in fighting a specific but pervasive type of crime – illegal fishing. Rather than picking out faces, the software tracks the movement of fishing boats to root out illegal behavior. And soon, using a twist on facial recognition, it may be able to recognize when a boat’s haul includes endangered and protected fish..... San Francisco-based startup Pelagic Data Systems (PDS) has developed technology that illuminates the activity of some of the 4.6m small-scale commercial fishing boats that ply coastal waters around the world. .... PDS installs a solar powered radio with an integrated GPS receiver and cellular modem on boats. The company collects the location data and analyzes it to create a map to show where the boat traveled and deduce its activities, such as where it stopped to set out nets or other gear and where and for how long it hauled in a catch. This data is vital because it shows whether the boat fished inside or outside marine protected areas. The device doesn’t have an on/off switch, a design to prevent a fishing crew from tampering with data collection....."

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October 6, 2016 - "How new tech is catching IUU fishing in small-boat fisheries" 

"At Pelagic Data Systems, we developed an autonomous, tamper-proof Vessel Tracking System (VTS) with these small vessels in mind. Our VTS is a solar-powered device, roughly the size and shape of a smartphone, that collects, encrypts, and securely transmits data on a boat’s location, and it can monitor storage temperature and catch methods. By filling in the data gap for small-scale fisheries, this technology complements efforts already under way to rid the world of IUU fishing.... Ultimately, the more ways we can monitor the world’s fishing fleet, the faster we can eradicate IUU fishing and guarantee that fishing resources relied on by billions of people around the globe are sustainably managed."

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September 26, 2016 - "New Partnership Expands Our View to Artisanal Fisheries" by Kimbra Cutlip, GFW News

"Today, Global Fishing Watch is focused on tracking commercial-scale fishing fleets, because they are the ones required to carry Automatic Identification Systems that broadcast their information to satellites. But small, artisanal fishing vessels represent another side of the picture that can’t be ignored.... 

Understanding where and when artisanal boats are fishing and what they catch is critical for effective fisheries management. It is a growing priority for marine conservation. That’s why we’re excited to be partnering with PT Bali Seafood International and Pelagic Data Systems on a pilot program that will install lightweight tracking devices on approximately 100 small artisanal fishing vessels...."

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September 14, 2016 - "CAPITOL HILL BRIEFING SERIES : New Technology for Small-Scale Fisheries Providing Traceability for Sustainable Fishing"

"On Wednesday, Sept. 14, the Oceans Caucus Foundation held a briefing on Capitol Hill to showcase a new Pelagic Data Systems fishing technology that provides behavioral traceability of small-scale fisheries and is being integrated by NGOs like Rare into community-based initiatives for more sustainable fishing practices...."

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September 13, 2016 - "Why Your Red Snapper May Have Worn a Tracer" by Elizabeth Weise, USATODAY

"MONTEREY, Calif – In an era when consumers increasingly want to eat sustainable, socially responsible food, tracing fish from the boat to the plate is a holy grail in the seafood industry. The problem: it's very hard to track a fish from the time it's caught till it gets to the seafood counter. ... Pelagic Data Systems. The San Francisco startup has created inexpensive solar-powered satellite systems that allow coastal fishing operators in tiny boats to have the same ability to upload information about their catch in realtime that large industrial fishing boats have."

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