To collect the data needed to address socioeconomic and environmental sustainability challenges, the seafood sector must implement traceability systems accessible to fishers and other vulnerable near-shore actors. Breaking from the prevailing approach of centralized, analog catch recording facilitated by enumerators, a Philippine yellowfin tuna fishery has begun piloting new decentralized digital models using NFC cards, RFID tags, and app-based smartphone catch data capture.

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