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Thai Union wants to encourage the use of innovative technologies to promote sustainable seafood production by using satellite imaging. The aim is to collect Key Data Elements (KDEs) for shrimp farms that are automated, independently verifiable and cost effective. These KDEs will allow sustainable farming practices through insights into shrimp populations, farm health, contamination and more.

Aquaculture ponds detected in satellite imagery using Sea Warden’s deep learning object detection algorithm. Courtesy of Thai Union

Other industries, like agriculture or forestry, have already benefitted from satellite imaging advantages. Sea Warden and Wholechain want aquaculture to follow the same path. Both, are creating a list of KDEs that cross-reference those attainable through satellite observation, with those required by the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST), Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). Also, with additional KDEs that represent opportunities for substantiating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) targets for seafood industry stakeholders.

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According to Thai Union, satellite-derived aquaculture insights can be a promising way to reduce risk, and reach sustainability targets. Satellite technology should improve access and efficiency for sharing farm-level data with certification bodies, retailers, and even consumers.

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