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BFAR to use new catch documentation system to curb illegal fishing

The Philippine government is set to use a newly-developed electronic catch documentation and traceability (e-CDT) system to address illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. The e-CDT system will document key information about harvest, processing and transportation of fisheries products to enable traceability from harvest and point of origin to its destination – a process that eliminates the chances of IUU fishing and illegally–caught fish from entering the market. It is a partnership project of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC).

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Newly-Developed fisheries catch documentation system set to improve Philippine’s sustainable resource management

QUEZON CITY, Feb. 6 — The Philippine government’s fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUUF) and sustainable management of the country’s waters will soon become more effective with the newly-developed electronic catch documentation and traceability (e-CDT) system.

A partnership project of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, the USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), the e-CDT system will document key information about harvest, processing and transportation of fisheries products to enable traceability from harvest and point of origin to its destination – a process that eliminates the chances of IUU fishing and illegally–caught fish from entering the market.

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Philippines combats IUUF with electronic system

Highlighting the importance of nurturing the environment while setting good policy directions, Agriculture Secretary William Dar urged the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) to make fishers live more prosperously than before.

“Look at sustainable practices and avoid overfishing,” Dar underscored at the closeout event of USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans).

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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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Learning Site Experiences and Lessons Learned: General Santos, Philippines

This report documents lessons learned, recommendations, and next steps from USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership’s experience developing and testing cutting-edge seafood traceability systems; implmenting sustainable fisheries management plans; empowering women and promiting gender equity; and bringing together government and industry to ensure seafood traceability in the project’s General Santos, Philippines, learning site.

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Learning Site Experience and Lessons Learned: Bitung, Indonesia

This report documents lessons learned, recommendations, and next steps from USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership’s experience developing and testing cutting-edge seafood traceability systems; implmenting sustainable fisheries management plans; empowering women and promiting gender equity; and bringing together government and industry to ensure seafood traceability in the project’s Bitung, Indonesia learning site.

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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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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.’