IFITT Management Team Meet Again in New Orleans for 2nd Annual Meeting
IFITT team International!!
Last 12-13 Feb 2015, the IFITT Team; Simon Bush, Paul Van Zwieten, Megan Bailey (Wageningen University /WUR), Momo , Stephani (MDPI) and Eric Enno Tamm(ThisFish) met again for our 6 month action research cycle meeting in New Orleans, Lousiana US as a follow on to attending the International Safood Summit.
The output plan of the meeting :
- To overview the activities completed, implemented and yet to be completed; key points to discuss in detail during subsequent sessions
- Inventory and status of data points covered, and Identify gaps for subsequent discussions
- Narrative account of the traceability challenges faced by ThisFish/MDPI,
- 6 month implementation plan and further action
For the updates, WUR gave updates on papers, grants, results; ThisFish gave summaries of activities completed and underway; and MDPI gave summary of activities completed and underway.
Highlights from last 6 months: Under the IFITT program, 180.4 tons tuna product already has a ThisFish trace code and it produced from 4 different fishery management areas (FMA ) with detail 3.2 tons from FMA 573, 17.6 tons from FMA 713, 14 ton from FMA 714 and 145.6 tons from FMA 715.
Outlook for next 6 months:
- We have just been approved another grant which will integrate into and supplement the existing IFITT project, called ‘Technology innovations towards sustainability in Indonesia’s tuna supply chains‘.
- Additionally a collaboration with 50 in 10, Future of Fish and Tone in a project called Mfish will look at connecting mobile technology with the IFITT traceability.
- A new focus on downstream supply chain actors aims to bring more potential buyers for the traceable product to the table
- A great meeting, some great outcomes and an exciting year ahead!
Writer: Stephani Mangunsong