ABOUT US



  • OUR ORGANISATION

    ABALOBI is a hybrid social enterprise. ABALOBI ICT4FISHERIES is a registered public non-profit and public benefit organisation incorporating ABALOBI LABS.

  • OUR VISION

    Our vision is to develop thriving, equitable, resilient and sustainable small-scale fishing communities globally, through inclusion, social entrepreneurship, and a knowledge-based approach to fisheries rebuilding underpinned by community-led data and Technology For Good.

  • OUR TEAM

    We are a diverse team of scientists, small-scale fishers, fisheries experts, community engagement practitioners, developers, environmental anthropologists, seafood transformation experts, food systems advisors and social change innovators. Meet our team.

  • OUR SERVICES

    Our modular tech ecosystem is available for international configuration and customisation. This offering is underpinned by a Community-Supported Fishery Model, a triple-bottom line Community-level Fisheries Improvement Programme and Impact Measurement and Management.

  • DATA STANDARDS

    Our data elements and database structures follow the GDST1, GSSI and other ISO standards.

  • OUR REACH

    We are a South African-based organisation with international reach. We partner with like-minded organisations across the globe to develop solutions in various small-scale fisheries contexts.


TECH + PROGRAMMES




  • TECH ECOSYSTEM: eCDT, FINTECH + ED-TECH

    Our suite of fisher-driven technologies relate to data collection and application, seafood traceability, fully documented fisheries, fair and transparent supply chains, skills development, community cohesion and entrepreneurship. We believe these elements are critical precursors to longer-term fisheries improvement actions and a transition to triple bottom line sustainability.




  • PLATFORMS + PROGRAMMES


 FISHER 

E-logbook, weather forecasts, document repository, link to AIS/VMS tracking – explore features

 MONITOR 

Community-based catch monitoring, real-time data reporting – explore features

 MANAGER 

Admin console, data portal, CRM, payments, catch listing – explore features

 MARKETPLACE 

1st mile traceability, digital market, financial services, Fish With A Story Community-Supported Fishery brand + programme – explore features

E-LEARNING

Coach-based curriculum, e-courses, interactive chat bot – explore features

HUBS

Decentralised, modular, stepping stone infrastructure for fishers + intermediaries, community-based post-harvest + product development

PARTNER SUPPORT

Scoping + market development, impact measurement, training, data analysis

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  • COMMUNITY-SUPPORTED FISHERY MODEL

    Through our tech, we enable small-scale fishing communities to activate Community-Supported Fisheries for fair market access, transparent supply chains and broader food security. In South Africa, this is incubated under the Fish With A Story brand.

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BOARD MEMBERS + FUNDERS




  • BOARD

    Mr Johan Bosini (Chair)
    Sustainability & Entrepreneurial Development

    Prof. Kevern Cochrane
    Global Fisheries Policy Expert

    Mr Alexander Lanz (Observer)
    Funder Representative

    Mr Abongile Ngqongwa (Co-founder)
    Fisheries Management Advisor

    Dr Yemi Oloruntuyi
    Fisheries Improvement Project & Eco-label Expert/Developing World Fisheries

    Dr Serge Raemaekers (Director/Co-founder)
    Ocean Innovation Technology Expert

    Mr Nicolaas Waldeck (Co-founder)
    Community Engagement Director

    Ms Abigail Leadbeater (Partner Representative)
    Community-Led Conservation Practitioner

  • FUNDERS

    ABALOBI's programme of work is currently supported by:

    The Happel Foundation
    The Oak Foundation
    Coleman Family Ventures
    Cartier for Nature Foundation
    Schmidt Marine Technology Partners
    Ocean Risk and Resilience Action Alliance
    Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
    Food & Agricultural Organization of the United Nations
    Government of Flanders
    Worldwide Fund for Nature and Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
    African Union
    Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP)
    Blue Action Fund
    SeyCCAT
    United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
    Resource Legacy Fund
    FishChoice – FisheryProgress


JoIN OUR COMMUNITY




  • SUPPORT OUR WORK

    Help us scale and co-innovate

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  • COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

    We collaborate globally with local implementation partners

Join OUR COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

  • MEDIA & PR REQUESTS

    Submit a media-related request

Media Request

  • SIGN UP TO OUR NEWSLETTER

    Stay up to date with our programme of work

NEWSLETTER

  • RESEARCH & INTERN

    Explore research & internship opportunities and submit your CV

Submit CV


We are a diverse and multidisciplinary team driven by passion and empathy. We are focused on outcome and impact and hold deep respect for the communities with whom we work. Join us if you are driven, adaptable, creative, excited by technology and committed to contributing to social and environmental change.




  • SUPPORT OUR PROGRAMME THROUGH DONATION

    Help our programme grow ...

    ABALOBI ICT4FISHERIES is a registered Section 18A Public Benefit Organisation (PBO 930063015). Donations to the organisation are tax-deductible in terms of section 18A of the Income Tax Act of the Republic of South Africa.

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 ABALOBI is a South African-based organisation striving to elevate small-scale fishing communities for social, economic and ecological sustainability



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