• The Hidden Half, Part I – Women’s role in Southeast Asia’s fisheries

    Fishing is traditionally thought of a man’s profession, but in Southeast Asia women make up more than 50% of the fisheries supply chain. Despite their important role, women’s work often goes unseen. This video provides an overview of women’s role in the fishing industry in Southeast Asia. Learn more in Part II – "Gender research in Southeast Asia’s fisheries.”

  • The Hidden Half, Part II – Gender research in Southeast Asia’s fisheries

    This video provides an introduction to conducting gender-specific research in Southeast Asia’s fisheries. While the video features communities and workplaces in Southern Mindanao, Philippines, it represents many of the gender roles and challenges women experience throughout the region and research tools and techniques that can apply throughout the region. Learn more in Part I - "Women’s role in Southeast Asia’s fisheries."

  • FROM "BAIT TO PLATE"

    Learn how USAID Oceans is working with public and private sector partners across the region to develop and implement electronic catch documentation and traceability (eCDT) systems that combat illegal fishing practices, improve fisheries management, enhance human welfare, and support global interests of maritime security, prosperous markets, and food security.

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BFAR to tap new catch documentation system to fight illegal fishing

The Philippine government can soon utilize a new catch documentation system – which took five years to be developed – in addressing illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. A statement showed that the Philippines Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), in partnership with the USAID Oceans and SEAFDEC, completed the establishment of the electronic catch documentation and traceability (eCDT) system after five years.

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eLogbook Implementation: Benefits, Industry Perception, and Opportunities

In May 2019, with support from USAID Oceans, the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) launched an electronic logbook, or “eLogbook,” application to improve its CDT system, digitally capture and compile data within the fisheries supply chain, and increase compliance with fishing regulations. This case study looks at the implementation of eLogbooks in Indonesia, including challenges, limitations, and opportunities. 

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Technology Impacts: Business Benefits of Electronic Catch Documentation and Traceability Technologies

USAID Oceans collaborated with fellow USAID program, the Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT) to develop this impact series to share experiences implementing eCDT tools that establish connectivity in remote and at-sea areas; provide mechanisms for data collection and transmission through the entire supply chain; and offer value-added user benefits, such as communication, safety, and business tools.

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What We Do

USAID Oceans is working to combat IUU fishing and enhance South East Asia’s fisheries through a multi-prong approach that takes into account the complexities of the issue and the people that it impacts.

Our Impacts

1.9k

Estimated metric tons of seafood tracked by USAID Oceans-supported traceability technology

9

Tested electronic traceability technologies for small- and large-scale seafood operations

>100

Million hectares of biologically significant marine habitat to be improved under sustainable fisheries management

>4

Million USD estimated public and private sector funding for increased sustainability of program interventions

>1,800

Regional stakeholders trained in program technical areas

>80

Countries reached by gender in fisheries training resources developed by USAID Oceans and its partners

Where Oceans Works

To support regional expansion and capacity building, USAID Oceans has adopted a tiered approach for support, categorizing countries into ‘Learning Sites’ and ‘Expansion Sites.’