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.

  • The Hidden Half, Part I – Women’s role in Southeast Asia’s fisheries

    Fishing is traditionally thought of a man’s profession, but in Southeast Asia women make up more than 50% of the fisheries supply chain. Despite their important role, women’s work often goes unseen. This video provides an overview of women’s role in the fishing industry in Southeast Asia. Learn more in Part II – "Gender research in Southeast Asia’s fisheries.”

  • The Hidden Half, Part II – Gender research in Southeast Asia’s fisheries

    This video provides an introduction to conducting gender-specific research in Southeast Asia’s fisheries. While the video features communities and workplaces in Southern Mindanao, Philippines, it represents many of the gender roles and challenges women experience throughout the region and research tools and techniques that can apply throughout the region. Learn more in Part I - "Women’s role in Southeast Asia’s fisheries."


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Overcoming Barriers: Economic Benefits of Electronic Traceability

SALT has distilled lessons from existing traceability pilots to provide potential solutions to overcoming the challenges a company might face when adopting eCDT. This is the 2nd in the “Overcoming Barriers” series and speaks to the direct business benefits of eCDT, such as regulation compliance, food safety assurance, strengthened brand reputation, and increased operational efficiency.

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Engaging Small-scale Fishers in the Philippines in eCDT Systems Proves the Feasibility of Scaling eCDT for Municipal Fishers Regionally

As USAID Oceans nears completion in May 2020, the project has subcontracted the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Philippines, in partnership with the private technology company, Futuristic Aviation and Maritime Enterprise (FAME), to expand one of these proven eCDT tools—FAME technology for small-scale fishers—to Occidental Mindoro and Bicol, Philippines.

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PRESS RELEASE: USAID Celebrates Accomplishments in Combating Illegal Fishing and Promoting Sustainable Fisheries in the Asia-Pacific Region

In February, public and private sector leaders in the seafood industry gathered in Manila, Philippines, and Jakarta, Indonesia, to celebrate the accomplishments of the USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership’s work in Southeast Asia. The two closeout events highlighted the significant work of partners from ASEAN member states and the regional seafood industry to promote resource conservation and maritime security.

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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


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


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


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


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


Regional stakeholders trained in program technical areas


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.’