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The Fish Tank – October 15, 2018
“BIG DATA PROPOSAL WINS 2018 INSPIRE CHALLENGE”
BY CECILY LAYZELL
WorldFish, in partnership with Pelagic Data Systems, is a winner of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture’s 2018 Inspire Challenge. The award was presented following three days of presentations and pitches during the platform’s second annual congress—Decoding the Data Ecosystem—in Nairobi, Kenya from 3 to 5 October 2018.
The Fronteras Desk – September 26, 2018
“SATELLITE MONITORING COULD HELP PROTECT RARE VAQUITA MARINA DOLPHIN IN MEXICO'S SEA OF CORTEZ”
BY KENDAL BLUST
The Mexican government is using a satellite monitoring system that tracks small fishing boats to help protect an endangered dolphin in the Sea of Cortez….
El Imparcial – September 23, 2018
“WITH SATELLITE MONITORING THEY PROTECT THE VAQUITA MARINA IN SONORA AND BC”
To protect the vaquita, the National Commission of Aquaculture and Fisheries (Conapesca) implements a satellite monitoring program of 928 smaller vessels in the Upper Gulf of California, to ensure that fishing is not carried out in the protection area of the marine species….
Wall Street Journal – July 19, 2018
“THE FISH INDUSTRY IS PLAGUED BY POOR QUALITY AND FRAUD. ONE CHEF IS WORKING TO COMBAT IT”
BY GEMMA ZOE PRICE
It’s not every day that a fishing boat packed with live halibut parks in the middle of a busy San Francisco street. But since chef Joshua Skenes, of three-Michelin-star restaurant Saison, began working with a local fisherman named Mike 18 months ago, it’s become a more common sight, with kitchen staff regularly maneuvering 50 pounds of live fish into the restaurant’s tanks....
SeafoodSource.com – June 20, 2018
“GET TO KNOW THE SEAFOOD CHAMPIONS OF 2018: PELAGIC DATA SYSTEMS, SEAFOOD CHAMPION AWARD FOR INNOVATION”
BY CLIFF WHITE
Since its rise as a top priority for the seafood industry, the global fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing has been focused the efforts and changes being made by multinational fishing and seafood companies....
Undercurrent News – June 19, 2018
“SEAFOOD SUMMIT 2018: SOLAR-POWERED VESSEL TRACKING GAINING TRACTION”
BY MATILDE MEREGHETTI
Pelagic Data Systems (PDS), a San Francisco, US-based firm that produces an “innovative” solar-powered vessel tracking system, has doubled the number of countries it is in over the last year...
Food Navigator USA – January 26, 2018
“WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MEET RISING DEMAND FOR SUSTAINABLY SOURCED SEAFOOD?”
BY ELIZABETH CRAWFORD
Until recently, Americans only ate about one-third of the recommended amount of seafood per week, but industry insiders say this is changing and they note shoppers aren’t reaching for just any seafood – they want sustainably sourced seafood that is not only good for them, but also the environment...
Wall Street Journal – 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
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…
SeafoodSource – August 11, 2017
“PROMINENT CANADIAN DISTRIBUTOR ALBION STARTS TRACING WILD SALMON”
BY CHRISTINE BANK
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…
Speaking of Seafood – May 26, 2017
“THE CASE FOR TRANSPARENCY: AN INTERVIEW WITH MELISSA GARREN”
We sat down with experts and innovators of supply chain transparency, in seafood and beyond, to better understand the value proposition for pursuing and achieving transparency. We wanted to understand how companies are treating transparency as a business opportunity rather than an obstacle. Whether you’re a seafood retailer, distributor, supplier, or a fisher on the water, there is real, demonstrable value in striving for transparency in your work. But don’t take it from us; hear what the experts have to say in our group Q&A....
National Geographic: Ocean Views – April 13, 2017
“ENTREPRENEURS SHINE A LIGHT ON SEAFOOD ORIGINS“
BY MONICA JAIN
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…
Market Wired – March 19, 2017
“PELAGIC DATA SYSTEMS ANNOUNCED AS SEAWEB SEAFOOD CHAMPION FINALIST”
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…
SeafoodSource – March 17, 2017
“SEAWEB ANNOUNCES FINALISTS FOR 2017 SEAFOOD CHAMPION AWARDS”
BY CLIFF WHITE
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…
Perishable News – March 17, 2017
“BLUE STAR FOODS LAUNCHES TRACEABILITY AND DATA COLLECTION TOOLS FOR BLUE SWIMMING CRAB IN INDONESIA”
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…
Edible Manhattan – March 01, 2017
“GOOGLE AND LOCAL SUSTAINABLE SEAFOOD DISTRIBUTOR PARTNER TO IMPROVE TRACEABILITY”
BY KATE FINDLAY-SHIRRAS
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…
The Guardian – November 20, 2016
“THE LATEST WEAPON IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL FISHING? ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE”
BY MARY CATHERINE O’CONNOR
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…
Fishing Ecology, Management and Economics – October 6, 2016
“HOW NEW TECH IS CATCHING IUU FISHING IN SMALL-BOAT FISHERIES”
BY DR. MELISSA GARREN AND ANNE HAWKINS
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…
The ICCF Group – 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…
USATODAY – September 13, 2016
“WHY YOUR RED SNAPPER MAY HAVE WORN A TRACER”
BY ELIZABETH WEISE
“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.”