IBM blockchain will be used to track Norwegian salmon shipments

The Norwegian seafood Association has partnered with IBM and Atea to create a blockchain-based salmon supply tracking system. The platform allows you to confirm the quality of the product.

After successful testing of the blockchain, the largest salmon production companies in Norway are ready to actually use the IBM blockchain Transparent Supply platform, similar to the Food Trust platform on the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain.

According to Steinar Sonsteby, CEO of the Internet of things (IoT) company Atea, the platform will detect fake salmon shipments. Moreover, there have already been cases when third-party fish was passed off as a Norwegian product.

The system will track the full life cycle of the product-from cameras installed in salmon ponds and temperature sensors, to the conditions for freezing and transporting fish. Atea will equip Norwegian farms with the necessary equipment and train staff, while IBM will continue to develop and support the platform.

“Both we and IBM will be paid a share of the profits. So we’ll get a piece of every ton of fish we track. This is not like the usual approach of IT companies when charging for system support. We will always get money when they tracked delivery,” said Sonsteby.

Note that Norwegian seafood is considered one of the highest quality in the world. In 2019, Norway exported about 2.7 million tons of seafood. The main consumers of the products are the USA, Russia and China. Director General of the Norwegian seafood Association, Robert Eriksson, said:

“Norwegian seafood is known for its quality. But at the same time, we had no way to track where the fish came from, how it was grown and how it was stored. Blockchain will help solve these problems by creating transparent and clear records of where the fish was produced.”

Recall that, as reported in early June, salmon producer Kvarøy Arctic from Norway joined the IBM Food Trust blockchain platform to increase the transparency of the supply chain and prevent fraud in the seafood industry.