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Another Year for SALT?

The Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability was initially a five-year USAID cooperative agreement set to wrap in 2022. The team is thrilled to learn that SALT has been offered a 6th year! We look forward to integrating the new Traceability Principles into real-world seafood traceability work with an additional year of funding.


We are coming to the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region! 

SALT is bringing more content to the LAC region! Please join us at Principios de trazabilidad de marisco: Aumentar cadenas de suministro sostenibles y tranparentes en América Latina, September 23, to learn more about the new Traceability Principles and its application process, all in SPANISH! Register now, and please share the news with your network!

What do you want to see more on our website? 

We are gathering intel from our community about what’s useful on the SALT website and what could be added. Answering just four questions will give us input to hone in on specific traceability knowledge to share. 

What's new on the website?

We are glad to welcome Laava ID, Seatraces, EM4Fish, and FishPath to the Seascape Map this past month. If your effort is missing from the map, please let us know

SALT FEATURE

Unpacking the Blockchain: A Seafood Perspective on Blockchain Technology

How do you know if blockchain is the right solution for a business? What are some of the limitations to using blockchain? What ‘wins’ can it provide a business? We explored the considerations discussed on a recent FAO report, and highlighted case studies and resources to help inform the decision.

SALT FEATURE

How the Philippines Became a Leader in Digitally Tracking Tuna

Last year SALT visited the Philippines to interview government, non-governmental organizations, USAID, trade associations from the private sector, and technology providers. In SALT's interactive visual story, learn how those groups and fishers all came together to collaboratively build an electronic seafood traceability program for tuna.

Did you catch this?

The Noro port in the Solomon Islands successfully implemented an electronic catch documentation system, making this electronic port the 1st of its kind in the South Pacific region to digitally manage their catch information. 
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Labor of Loss, a new podcast series by Freedom Collaborative Project, explores experiences of human trafficking and labor exploitation across Asia, including the fishing industry. 
◀️◀️◀️ Listen now 

Check out Future of Fish's new toolkit, which shares insights and steps on how to communicate data modernization with government stakeholders.
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Where in the world?

Travel is in the air, and the feel of in-person meetings is on the horizon. For now, we are still sitting tight for the smorgasbord of upcoming events:



IUCN World Conservation Congress (September 3-11, Hybrid)
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Seafood for thought

The Role of Import Markets to Combat IUU Fishing
Last December, the Japanese government enacted the Domestic Trade of Specific Marine Animals and Plants Act, becoming the third major importing country (after the EU and U.S.) to address the legality of import seafood products. While many efforts are undertaken to combat IUU fishing globally, it ultimately relies on major importing countries' robust regulations and traceability requirements to break the negative cycle of illegal fishing. Japanese Fisheries Agency is currently working on setting the details of the Act, such as the target species, data criteria, and operation system, and aims to announce those by the end of this year. Meanwhile, SALT is putting together a Comprehensive Import Regulation Guide to Major Market States, plus creating an Interactive Tuna Supply Chain Map to visualize the complexity of where regulations exist along the supply chain. Stay tuned for more updates!

Seas the Day!

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