traceability project

Great Lakes Commercial Fisheries
Whole-Chain Traceability Pilot Project Summary

The Ontario Commercial Fisheries' Association (OCFA), in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), technology provider TraceTracker and La Nassa Foods, has initiated an electronic whole-chain traceability pilot project to trace fish from harvest all the way to the retail store using TraceTracker's Global Traceability Network (GTNet®).

The pilot project has been designed to meet several objectives:
To expedite progress on developing a traceability mechanism to address the short- and long-term needs for the Great Lakes Commercial Fisheries as a part of the development of a Canadian national seafood traceability system
To develop a whole-chain traceability pilot involving a limited number of players and species products which can be expanded to include all Great Lakes Commercial Fisheries
To demonstrate a traceability solution designed to meet regulatory requirements in domestic and export markets, and provide the flexibility for the industry, individual fisheries, or individual operations to achieve a variety of added-value benefits

The pilot project has also been designed to provide the participants with tangible deliverables:
Enhanced knowledge about internal and whole-chain traceability through hands-on experience
A practical framework for traceability strategy development and project planning
A better understanding of the business drivers – from compliance and risk reduction to productivity gains and market advantage – and the associated business benefits from traceability
The opportunity for open dialogue with value chain participants and stakeholders to create an atmosphere of enhanced transparency and trust
The potential for positive public relations as the project can be used to demonstrate a bias for action and the participants can be recognized as "early adopters"

The pilot project scope will involve selected members of OCFA who will invite a selected number of their trading partners to participate. The fish products will be traced from when the catch arrives at the primary processor through distribution to retail in Canada and through export to import / distribution to retail in the USA. The specific species involved will be caught walleye and yellow perch and possibly farmed rainbow trout.

In terms of pilot project timeline, the objective is to have all participants confirmed in the second half of April. Thereafter, the traceability solution will be developed over an estimated 3-month period, followed by a 3-month live operation of the pilot system. At the end of the 3-month operational period there will be a project "milestone" before a decision is made to proceed with a full system rollout.

In terms of costs, the trading partners of OCFA members who agree to participate will not incur any fees for the development and operation of the traceability system for the pilot. The participants are, however, required to cover costs for their own time and any project related expenses such as travel and living.

The pilot project will involve at least 2 workshops with all participants as well as one-on-one meetings with individual companies for solution design / implementation. In terms of resources, it is expected that each participating company will:
Assign a main contact as Project Lead
Make resources available for on site visit and follow-on discussions about business processes, information flows, traceability practices / requirements for the purposes of solution design
Make relevant information / records available for the pilot system
Assign person(s) for GTNet® pilot system user training and usage



The Ontario Commercial Fisheries Association represents an industry that has been a part of the history, culture and economy of our part of the world for a very long time. More…


The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is dedicated to safeguarding food, animals and plants, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment and economy. More…


The Ministry of Natural Resources is responsible for managing the fisheries of the Great Lakes. More…