Blockchain to tackle fishing slavery



UK-based company Provenance is trialling its supply chain transparency platform to track fish from trawler to the supermarket in an attempt to prevent human rights abuses and illegal fishing.

Using “blockchain” technology, the platform allows exact supply chain details of the fish to be accessed and verified by end buyers and consumers in shops or restaurants using their smartphones.

Local fishermen send SMS messages to register their catch on the blockchain.

This identification is then transferred to a supplier, with any subsequent move also recorded. “This pilot shows that complex, global supply chains can be made transparent by using blockchain technology,” said Provenance founder Jessi Baker.