Seafood and Fisheries Emerging Technologies

The Challenge: Seafood and fisheries are vital to the livelihoods of billions of people around the globe and to the health of our global population. However, they face many problems that threaten marine life, the environment, and the economy. Bycatch, overfishing, and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing threaten the sustainability of fisheries and the livelihood of fishers.  Ensuring appropriate governance and monitoring of fisheries is a critical step to safeguard the future of fisheries and the communities that depend on them.

What Can Be Done: Technology is a key lever that can improve fishery outcomes. Although technology by itself cannot solve the global fishing crisis, it can be a catalytic element for the transformation of fisheries practices and policies. Under a sustainable approach, technological innovations offer an opportunity to improve fisheries management practices and seafood business, while empowering fishers and providing more information to consumers so that they can make more responsible seafood choices.

How Seafood and Fisheries Emerging Technologies (SAFET) is Meeting the Challenge: SAFET brings together a global network of industry leaders, innovators, developers, and technology implementers that are committed to addressing the biggest challenges in the seafood and fisheries world. Emerging technologies can play a key role in addressing issues such as environmental sustainability, social responsibility, provenance, equity, and economic viability. SAFET is the central convening force in the fisheries and seafood technology space, one which better connects technology providers with implementers, increases the flow of information between developers and stakeholders, enables adoption and scale, does these things actively, and one that is truly global in scope. SAFET’s mission is to realize the full potential of emerging technologies that ensure the sustainability and resilience of fisheries and the communities that depend on them, globally.

This project aligns with the following Sustainable Development Goals

  • Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  • Responsible consumption and production
  • Life below water
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