SeafoodCommons™ is now SeafoodEcosystem

Purpose Driven Industry


A challenge

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just released a report warning that we have 12 years to change our practices in order to meet the maximum 1.5 degree Celsius rise in global temperature. The impact on the oceans has already been severe: we have already lost half of the world’s coral reefs, but we can save the other half.

The journal, Science, published a study which predicted that at prevailing trends the world would run out of wild-caught seafood in 2048. 

The goals

According to the National Academy of the USA, applying sound management reforms to global fisheries could generate annual increases exceeding 16 million metric tons (MMT) in catch, $53 billion in profit, and 619 MMT in biomass relative to business as usual. With appropriate reforms, recovery can happen quickly, with the median fishery taking under 10 years to reach recovery targets.

Our solution

SFE will offer stakeholders governance, advanced collaboration and decision-making tools, and open standards for innovation; designed as a seamless twenty-first-century intelligent infrastructure at a global industrial scale. The stakeholder governed Open Technology Ecosystem (OTE) will connect local fisheries, communities, and regional ecosystem development programs with the Internet of Things (IoT) to scale to global traceability of seafood quality.

  • Stakeholder Governance
  • Enhance Food Safety and Transparency
  • Heal the Tragedy of the Commons
  • Large-scale Regenerative Bio-regional Development

  • Global Ocean Literacy

The Vision: A Purpose-Driven Industry

Human-Guided AI

SFE via a purpose-driven architecture, it will become possible to discern both qualitative and quantitative information. Generating design proposals and strengthening regenerative practices will be easily achievable. In this way, an intelligent ledger will reinforce knowledge generation and plug up gaps within the industry. We're envisioning a human-centric, goal driven ledger to drive the Fourth Industrial revolution of decentralized computing, IoT, machine learning and AI. By thinking of user data as multi-generational, it becomes possible for emerging users to benefit from the preceding generation's behaviors and decisions. 

Stakeholder Governance

SFE will offer stakeholders governance, advanced collaboration, decision-making tools, and open standards for innovation. Designed as a seamless twenty-first-century intelligent infrastructure at a global industrial scale, 

The Democracy.Earth trusted voting system will serve as an open source and decentralized democratic protocol for collaboration and governance.


The core SFE team participated in the UN Multi-stakeholder process since our involvement with The UN Rio+20 Earth Summit in 2012. We have come to understand the difficulties, frustrations, and misunderstandings that take place in interest-based associations.

As the Multi-stakeholder Institute states: The experience with Multi-stakeholder Partnerships (MSPs) over the last 15 years, and in particular their involvement with the United Nations, has been mixed. At the center of this has been that there is a lack of shared understanding of what partnerships are, how they should work, and what they should accomplish. The MSP Charter is a tool to address this. It is meant to help create a shared vision among governments, international institutions, Major Groups and other stakeholders of what we aspire to when creating and working in partnerships to help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Once we have established the foundation criteria for a broad agreement to start from we can begin to effectively collaborate on developing the MOU and a Purpose-driven Industry.

Multi-Stakeholder Process

Engage All Critical Stakeholders

IoT Based Global Commons

We must establish a universal guiding principle that can guide our interactions with the ocean and form the basis of our approach. It will guide our algorithm, but more importantly it will define our values.

We have said that the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be guided by these values. How can we ensure that we are not left, when the dust settles, wondering how we could have let this happen, or how we failed to anticipate the consequences of, say, artificial intelligence or biotechnology? We must start designing for success.

The US Declaration of Independence gives us ‘life, liberty, and happiness.’ What is the equivalent for the oceans? What should we take as a universal principle to help guide our decision-making? Where should we look for this moral polar star? It must be high enough in the sky to be seen by everybody, where ever they are, and how high the waves. At its heart it must have a single, simple ethos, an unambiguous idea that can guide not just human behavior but the autonomous and semi-autonomous machines that we may come to rely on.

In order for the global seafood community and stakeholders to begin collaboration on the creation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) it is critical that we begin with a basic agreement and understanding of the multi-stakeholder process.

We are crafting a Seafood Commons Charter for Multi-Stakeholder Partnership (MSP) articulating key principles of working in MSPs. The SFE-MSP Charter is based on a model developed jointly by MSP Institute and Tellus Institute.

The SFE-MSP Charter retains the complete intent and principles of the original charter with specific references and updates added which are relevant to a Commons, the Seafood Industry, and the creation of a Purpose Driven Industry.

The MSP Charter outlines the main characteristics and principles of MSPs, including how they aim to work internally and includes a sign-on process for partnerships and those working with, in, or on the MSP to declare that they aim to adhere to the principles and standards of the MSP Charter.


Supporting the Global Commons

FAO Common Oceans

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Our goal is to achieve food security for all and make sure that people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. With over 194 member states, FAO works in over 130 countries worldwide. We believe that everyone can play a part in ending hunger.
Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)
Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) are those areas of ocean for which no one nation has sole responsibility for management. They are the common oceans that make up 40 percent of the surface of our planet, comprising 62% of the surface of the oceans and nearly 95% of its volume.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)

We Support Sustainable Development Goal 14

Life Below Water

Advancing the sustainable use and conservation of the oceans continues to require effective strategies and management to combat the adverse effects of overfishing, growing ocean acidification and worsening coastal eutrophication. The expansion of protected areas for marine biodiversity, intensification of research capacity and increases in ocean science funding remain critically important to preserve marine resources.

  • The global share of marine fish stocks that are within biologically sustainable levels declined from 90 per cent in 1974 to 69 per cent in 2013.
  • Studies at open ocean and coastal sites around the world show that current levels of marine acidity have increased by about 26 per cent on average since the start of the Industrial Revolution. Moreover, marine life is being exposed to conditions outside previously experienced natural variability.
  • Global trends point to continued deterioration of coastal waters due to pollution and eutrophication. Without concerted efforts, coastal eutrophication is expected to increase in 20 per cent of large marine ecosystems by 2050.
  • As of January 2018, 16 per cent (or over 22 million square kilometres) of marine waters under national jurisdiction—that is, 0 to 200 nautical miles from shore—were covered by protected areas. This is more than double the 2010 coverage level. The mean coverage of marine key biodiversity areas (KBAs) that are protected has also increased—from 30 per cent in 2000 to 44 per cent in 2018.