Press releases


 Timor-Leste launches world-first monitoring system for small-scale fisheries

Timor-Leste now has one of the most sophisticated data collection systems for small-scale fisheries in the world, following the launch of a new online dashboard that tracks fishing activities - including the number and type of fish caught by individual boats in near real-time.

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 Pelagic Data Systems’ COO & Chief Scientist, Melissa Garren, Named Among 35 World-Changing Women in Conscious Business

Meet the creators and makers, movers and shakers who are transforming business — and the planet — for the better.

Real talk: the first woman ever to grace the list of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies was the late Katherine Graham of The Washington Post Co. in 1972, and as recently as 1995, there were zero — yep, zero — female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. In 2017, the share of female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies reached an all-time high of 6.4 percent, with 32 women heading major firms, but that share fell this year to 4.8 percent after several high-profile women left their posts.

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We are proud to announce the winners of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture’s 2018 Inspire Challenge winners, awarded during the Platform’s second annual congress — Decoding the Data Ecosystem — in Nairobi, Kenya, 3 to 5 October 2018.

The Inspire Challenge encourages the use of big data approaches to advance agricultural research and development. The winners are groundbreaking innovations with real potential for developmental impact, have mobilized underused or misused data, and demonstrate meaningful partnerships with CGIAR and other sector members.

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Pelagic Data Systems Wins 2018 Seafood Champion Award for Innovation

June 20, 2018 – Barcelona, Spain – 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.

But Pelagic Data Systems (PDS), a Silicon Valley start-up based in San Francisco, California, early on recognized that the fight against IUU would be won or lost amongst small-scale fishing craft, which account for 95 percent of the world’s fishing fleet. 

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Pelagic Data Systems - One of Three Companies to Win National Geographic Competition to Continue Work Protecting Global Fisheries

June 8, 2018 – San Francisco, CA – To help celebrate World Oceans Day on June 8th, the National Geographic Society awarded Pelagic Data Systems (PDS) the Marine Protection Prize. From an impressive pool of 156 teams, that included some of the best and brightest proposals for using technology to better police critical ecosystems and economies, PDS was selected as one of three winners to be awarded $150,000, to implement a plan to protect the world’s oceans and sustain its fisheries.

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Pelagic Data Systems and the E2E Foundation Partner to Improve Local Fisheries Management in Rincón del Mar, Sucre, Colombia

April, 18, 2018 – Colombia – The E2E Foundation and Pelagic Data Systems (PDS) have partnered with ASOPESAMRIN, the Fishermen´s Association of Rincón del Mar to install 32 vessel tracking devices to provide local fisherman with GPS tracking technology to monitor and improve their fishing practices.

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Dock to Dish 2.0 Brings Blockchain Principles to Small-Scale Fisheries with Leading Tech Firms, Illuminates Entire Supply Chain for Wild Seafood

August 30, 2017 – Montauk, NY – Today, the Dock to Dish network of restaurant-supported fishery programs, in partnership with Pelagic Data Systems, Local Catch and FishTrax Marketplace, is launching a futuristic system designed to combat seafood fraud and lead an often opaque industry towards a new frontier of verifiable source transparency. The revolutionary track and trace hybrid technology, dubbed Dock to Dish 2.0, is the first public-facing system to ever integrate cutting edge vessel and vehicle tracking with an advanced geospatial electronic fishery database and information platform.

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Pelagic Data Systems Represents Mission of Sustainable Oceans
 at First-Ever Unreasonable Goals Program

August 11, 2017 – Pelagic Data Systems (PDS) brought its innovative vessel tracking technology to last month’s Unreasonable Goals accelerator program, where entrepreneurs and advocates from around the world met to address some of the world’s most pressing development problems.

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Albion Farms & Fisheries Pioneers State-of-the-Art Track and Trace System for Wild-Caught Salmon

August 8, 2017 – Vancouver, BC – Imagine a salmon fleet in the offshore waters of the Pacific Ocean near the remote archipelago of Haida Gwaii, known as Canada’s Galapagos, catching fish that will change hands several times before landing on your dinner plate. What if you knew the story of that fish—the date, location, species, catch method and even the vessel’s skipper? Would you feel more at ease knowing it was handled with care and caught sustainably with a hook and line?

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Pelagic Data Systems and Alan Lovewell working together to bring new technology to California community supported fishery

May 22, 2017 – Pelagic Data Systems (PDS) is working with Alan Lovewell to match PDS’s vessel tracking technology with Mr. Lovewell’s community-supported fishery (CSF), Real Good Fish. Using PDS’s vessel tracking system, Real Good Fish will now provide its customers in northern California with a detailed look at where, when and how their fish was caught. 

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