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PRESS RELEASE: USAID Brings Seafood Traceability Solutions to Coral Triangle Region

DILI, Timor-Leste – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) convened representatives from Coral Triangle member countries in Dili, Timor-Leste, to continue the region’s progress toward fully traceable, sustainable and equitable fisheries.  The Coral Triangle region, comprised of Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, and Timor-Leste, encompass the world’s most biodiverse marine area, which has tremendous influence over global food security, livelihoods and marine conservation.

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The eCDT Workshop convened more than 20 government officials and experts to share and exchange knowledge to advance traceability solutions for Thailand. Photo Credit: USAID Oceans/ K.Nitiwarangkul

USAID Oceans and Partners Bring Traceability Solutions to Thailand’s Fisheries

On May 14-16, 2019, USAID Oceans and its partner, the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), held a workshop with the Department of Fisheries (DOF) of Thailand to assess further opportunities to advance the country’s traceability systems, exchange lessons learned on the development and implementation of electronic catch documentation (eCDT) systems, and gather Thailand’s feedback on technical guidance that the program is developing for continued eCDT implementation and expansion across Southeast Asia.

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Celebrating Changemakers of Asia-Pacific’s Oceans: World Oceans Day 2019

Since its launch in 2015, USAID Oceans has witnessed and worked first hand with women in the sector who are paving the way for a more prosperous seafood industry, working to provide for their communities, creating more sustainable fisheries, and closing the gap toward achieving global priorities, like the UNs’ Sustainable Development Goals. This year, to celebrate and recognize World Oceans Day, USAID Oceans would like to share the work and impacts of several program partners who are preserving the future of Southeast Asia’s seas and oceans, and supporting those that depend upon them.

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Sub-Regional Plan for Managing Transboundary Fisheries in the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape

The Sub-Regional Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management Plan for the Sulu-Sulawesi Seascape was designed to enable the Sulu-Sulawesi Marine Ecoregion (SSME) to achieve a common fisheries management vision by 2030. The plan is the first known sub-regional EAFM plan in fisheries management literature; it includes specific management goals, objectives, and management actions to be undertaken by relevant governmental agencies, non-governmental partners, and multi-lateral/regional organizations focused on fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

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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 to be improved under sustainable fisheries management

2.6

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.’