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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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PRESS RELEASE: USAID Oceans Challenges Southeast Asian Tech Developers at Seafood Traceability Hackathon

BANGKOK, February, 13, 2019 – This week, the USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) showcased seafood traceability innovations at a Seafood Traceability “Trackathon” organized by its partner, the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST). The Trackathon, named after its hackathon style approach, convened technology developers from across Southeast Asia to pitch technology solutions for improved regional seafood traceability.

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First Mover Industry Partners Report Business Benefits of Traceability Technology

In 2018, Anova joined USAID Oceans’ network of partners to establish full-chain traceability for tuna products harvested in Southeast Asia that are imported into the United States, and since has reported business benefits realized from piloted technology innovations. In addition to contributing to more sustainable fisheries, Anova has experienced increased assurance in meeting market requirements, a greater ability to meet customer requirements, and enhanced business efficiencies.

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USAID Oceans Announces Selection of Newest Grantees to Leverage eCDT Data for Improved Fisheries Management

In December, USAID Oceans selected two grantees to support its work to leverage eCDT data to improve fisheries management. Two grantees were selected in the program’s Indonesia and the Philippines learning sites, Masyarakat dan Perikanan (MDPI) in Indonesia and Mindanao State University Naawan Foundation for Science and Technology Development, Inc. (MSUNFSTDI) in the Philippines, to undertake data analysis that can be shared with all ASEAN member countries to inform traceability initiatives across the region.

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Southeast Asia Business Innovation Competition [FLYER]

USAID Oceans’ Southeast Asia Business Innovation Competition will catalyze the development of innovative technology solutions to address regional challenges faced in ocean conservation and seafood traceability that impact coastal community livelihoods, marine resources and global food security.

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Making Waves: Issue 6

Learn more about USAID Oceans’ recent activities, successes, and access new resources. Subscribe to Making Waves.

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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

25.5

Metric tons of seafood tracked by USAID Oceans-supported traceability technology

40.2

Million hectares of protected biologically significant areas under sustainable fisheries management

1,200

Regional stakeholders trained in program technical areas

1.4

Million USD leveraged in public and private sector partner funding for increased sustainability of program interventions

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.’