Combating IUU Seafood: The Role of Digitization in Market Access

We will discuss challenges facing digitization and validation of traceable seafood supply chains, and share how our startup’s software addresses them in order to support sustainable seafood. Boathouse is a free, simple, and error-resistant interface that lets fishers digitize their harvest data quickly and accurately and share it with their government, supply chain, partner NGOs, etc. SeafoodCheck is award-winning software that streamlines the cumbersome manual process of vetting traceability data by automatically checking harvest information against an array of global datasets to ensure the fishery, vessel, fishing location and permits in digital records are valid and make sense together.

Emily Zimmerman

Research Analyst, The Virgil Group

Emily supports user engagement, dataset discovery and validation for Virgil Group’s IUU risk analytics software. She is interested in fisheries management and practices, marine conservation, and environmental security and prepared a research brief on Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated(IUU) Fishing and Transnational Organized Crime as an intern with Virgil Group in Spring 2022. In December 2022 she will graduate with a Master’s degree in International Environmental Policy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California with a specialization in ocean and coastal resource management. When she is not at work, Emily likes to surf and go for runs on the beach.