For those who have been to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, they will realize how truly complex and diverse sea wildlife can be. The Monterey Bay Aquarium takes this diversity very seriously as it contributes to the overall health of the oceans. In order to help monitor the health of the aquatic ecosystem, the Monterey Bay Aquarium employs the program known as Seafood Watch.
Seafood Watch is a nonprofit enterprise meant to provide information about which seafood items are safe to consume. Seafood Watch therefore helps the public, chefs, and businesses determine which seafood is best to suit their needs. MindSpark provided a pivotal role testing the Seafood Watch’s website, engaging in quality assurance by working on the internal site used by the scientists and other employees as well as the external site that was used by the public. The internal site is used by the Seafood Watch team to calculate and formulate which sea foods are safe to consume, which are acceptable, and which should be avoided while the external site is used by the general public in order to determine which seafood items are safe to use.
At MindSpark, our team of analysts was tasked with ensuring proper functionality of both the internal and external sites which included engaging in things such as API automation. After all of our hard work, defect resolutions, client meetings, and late nights, Seafood Watch went live at the end of January, 2018. Throughout the project, the team regularly visited the office of MindSpark’s partner company, Optimity Advisors, in Culver City. These regular visits allowed the MindSpark team to work along side the Seafood Watch’s development team in real time to help assure the best quality possible. It also allowed us to work with the client to help us better achieve our objectives. We would like to say how great it was for us to be able to work along side both the developers and the client in order to make the final product as good as possible.
On behalf of everyone here at MindSpark, we would like to thank the Monterey Bay Aquarium for giving us the opportunity to work on their site and we look forward to working with them again in the future.