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Thailand Department of Fisheries Identifies Opportunities to Improve Catch Documentation, Traceability, and Fisheries Management

USAID Oceans has been collaborating with the Thailand Department of Fisheries (DOF) to develop and implement a robust national electronic catch documentation and traceability system. In pursuit of this goal, on October 31st, 2019, USAID Oceans, the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, and the Thailand DOF held a Fisheries Value Chain Analysis Workshop.

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Safer at sea: The unexpected benefit of traceability for small-scale fishers

Big and small fishing vessels are now installing systems to track where they catch fish and register the data for others in the supply chain to see. These systems are changing the lives of small-scale fishermen in an unexpected way: by enabling them to stay in touch with their families.

USAID Oceans has been supporting this initiative in General Santos, the Philippines by equipping small-scale fishers with traceability technologies and working with local governments to track vessel locations and collect important data to inform fisheries management.

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New Tools & Resources

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Transformational Fisheries Development: Simplified Steps for Public Sector and Industry Engagement (Bahasa Indonesian)

This is the Bahasa Indonesian version of a guide USAID Oceans developed as a capacity building tool for its regional partners, including those from national and local government agencies, and other interested development and non-governmental organizations. The guide documents essential program knowledge and experiences to equip readers with the necessary skills and tools to undertake partnership development. USAID Oceans hopes that this guide will benefit and support regional institutions in their work with their respective member countries, as well as those working in other regions beyond Southeast Asia.

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Technology Solutions for Electronic Catch Documentation and Traceability (Bahasa Indonesian)

Learn more about USAID Oceans-developed and supported technology tools for electronic catch documentation and traceability. USAID Oceans has worked closely with government, the fisheries industry, and technology partners to identify, design, and develop suitable tools to establish connectivity in remote and at-sea areas, provide a mechanism for data collection and transmission through the entire supply chain, and provide value-added user benefits, such as communication, safety, and business tools. (Bahasa Indonesian version)

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Events

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USAID Oceans Philippines Learning Site Closeout Event

The USAID Oceans close out event in the Philippines will be an opportunity to formally recognize and celebrate USAID Oceans’ achievements in the General Santos learning site to develop and test electronic catch documentation and traceability (eCDT) technologies, improve fisheries management, and promote the human welfare aspects of fisheries.

Date: 4 February, 2020 - 5 February, 2020
Location: Manila, Philippines
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eCDT Technology Showcase

An electronic catch documentation and traceability (eCDT) technology showcase to...

Date: 11 February, 2020 - 11 February, 2020
Location: Iloilo City, Philippines
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USAID Oceans Indonesia Learning Site Closeout Event

The USAID Oceans close out event in the Jakarta, Indonesia will be an opportunity to formally recognize and celebrate USAID Oceans’ achievements in the Bitung/Manado learning site to develop and test electronic catch documentation and traceability technologies, improve fisheries management, and promote the human welfare aspects of fisheries. It will also be a chance to thank public and private sector partners and will formally transition USAID Oceans activities to these partners to carry forward beyond the project.

Date: 19 February, 2020 - 19 February, 2020
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
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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

2k

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

7

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

3.8

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.’