Gulf Fish Trax (GFX) is a Fisheries Information System (FIS) developed by Advanced Research to help fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico share information about the quality, safety, and sustainable harvesting of their seafood with seafood buyers and consumers. Advanced Research worked alongside the Consumer Seafood Initiative and Oregon State University to develop this remarkable system. GFX has been used by the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders’ Alliance for implementation in their Gulf Wild program. It has been featured on CBS Channel 42 (Birmingham, Alabama).
Participating fishermen tag each individual fish on the boat during harvest. Once a fish vessel comes into port to unload at a fish house, the tag numbers as well as information about the trip (such as the captain, the vessel, and location of where the fish were caught) is passed on to the fish house staff and electronically recorded in the GFX database.
Because recording of all this information requires extra work, Advanced Research designed the processes to be as easy as possible use the fisherman and the fish house staff. This involves working closely with our clients to understand their existing operations, and then designing a system that fits into these operations.
After the catch information has been entered into the GFX database, registered users can easily access the information through simple-to-use web portals. The system helps them keep better records and of the fish they catch and who is catching what.
Not just for fishermen and fish houses
The information in the GFX database can be used by a variety of audiences for many different purposes including traceability, science, marketing, and management. One popular use is to inform the end consumers about the fish they purchase. Each fish is tagged with a unique number which the customer can enter into a web site and view a map of where their fish was caught, as well as the story of the fishermen who caught it. Visit Gulf Wild to see a working example.