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USAID Oceans and partners lead dialogue on business impacts of traceability at Responsible Business Forum

The Sixth Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture convened over 400 private and public sector actors to share their knowledge, solutions and innovations for food security and sustainability. USAID Oceans led one of the event’s four commodity working groups, in which its private sector partners and other leading traceability experts shared their traceability experiences with participants.

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Philippines eCDT System Pilot Progresses, Uncovers Key Lessons for USAID Oceans’ Regional Partners

USAID Oceans continues to work closely with BFAR to test and enhance the capabilities of the eCDTS. Over the last year, partners (e.g., BFAR and Industry First Movers, etc.) have been able to begin to assess the impacts of the system and identify a strategy for expanding the system beyond the General Santos City learning site and throughout the Philippines. To date, the system has traced over 25 million metric tons of tuna.

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Indonesia Continues Progress in Pursuit of End-to-End Seafood Traceability

USAID Oceans has been working in partnership with the Indonesia Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), local government, private sector and non-governmental partners to develop and implement an electronic catch documentation and traceability (eCDT) system in the program’s learning site of Bitung, Indonesia. Since USAID Oceans’ engagement with Indonesia in 2015, the Government of Indonesia and industry partners have made great bounds in achieving end-to-end traceability.

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Trafiz Product Guide

To address the unique needs and challenges faced by small-scale fishers in providing traceability data, USAID Oceans has developed “Trafiz,” a mobile catch documentation application (app) that enables the first buyer or fish supplier to collect and submit traceability data. This guide provides an overview of and a full instruction manual for the Trafiz mobile application.

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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.

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

30

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

5

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

>100

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

2

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

>1,500

Regional stakeholders trained in program technical areas

>70

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.’