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1 North American Fish Trax Community Seafood Initiative Heather Mann

2 Community Seafood Initiative Non-profit 501c(3) established in 1998 Head-quartered in coastal Oregon serving the west coast and north America Unique partnership with Oregon State University and Enterprise Cascadia (community development financial institution) Mission – to provide the seafood industry with access to relevant information and appropriate services resulting in successful businesses

3 Programs Preserving Seafood-related Working Waterfronts 45° Northwest Fisheries Reports Efis conference(s) Seafood Health Facts North American Fish Trax (Pacific, Gulf and Atlantic Fish Trax)

4 North American Fish Trax Information sharing and knowledge creation system Information is collected, analyzed and shared using creative tools that improve industry performance, resource management, seafood marketing and consumer and public education Fishermen own the data and fishermen decide how much information to share and with whom Pacific Fish Trax Gulf Fish Trax Atlantic Fish Trax


6 Project CROOS Background ESA Salmon Listings in 1992 2000 – 2006 Klamath River “Disaster” 2006 CROOS Pilot Project Implemented 2008 Sacramento River Salmon Disaster

7 Project CROOS Objectives Determine patterns of “weak stocks” in virtual real time Avoid weak stocks and target healthy stocks Track oceanographic conditions Develop a “real time” information system Improve markets and economic performance Provide lasting economic benefits to fleets and coastal communities

8 Sample Collection


10 Species:Chinook Length: 34.5 inches Stock: Central Valley Fall Capture Data Date: 2 August 2006 Time: 09:29 Depth: 5 fathoms Lat: 124.27689 Lon: 44.01622 Fisherman: Scott Boley Vessel: Frances

11 Enabling Information Technologies Hardware: Electronic data loggers Temperature & depth loggers Bar-code readers Data collection: Buoys, Doppler radar, autonomous gliders Communication: Cell phones Satellite phones Email Internet World wide web Satellite based: GPS, Communications, Remote sensing Computer Based: Data base software, GIS, ocean models, visualization software, marketing kiosks

12 Why Fish Trax? Tool that allows industry more control over their future Tool that allows the story of the fishery to be told in a credible and accurate way Stakeholders decide which data to share and who can utilize it – Fish Trax is a 3 rd party neutral safe- keeper of the information One piece of data can be displayed in a variety of ways to meet a variety of needs – depending on the audience (consumer, marketer, general public, science, management, etc.)

13 Fish Trax - Broad Goals Support sustainable fisheries Empower the seafood industry Improve fisheries management, science, marketing, and economic performance Build broader stakeholder communities Maintain neutrality and objectivity Support transparency and quality Promote efficient exchange of information Support collaboration and co-management Protect privacy

14 What We Have Done Pacific Fish Trax – west coast salmon fishery, B.C. salmon fishery, west coast albacore tuna fishery, beginning work with west coast groundfish trawl fishery West Coast Salmon Fishery – over 250 west coast vessels  Find Your Fish  Fishermen’s Portal  Scientist & management portal Gulf Fish Trax – My Gulf Wild campaign

























39 Possibilities Tracking systems for seafood products that are designed to meet the needs and marketing demands for specific fisheries Fishermen portals – where fishermen can view their own data and make smart decisions about where and how they fish, track bycatch areas, etc. Science portals – to support fishery dependent analysis, cooperative research, or other science-related applications Fisheries management portals – created to deliver information needed for real and near-real time management depending on the needs of the fishery

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