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Vietnam Prepares to Launch First Seafood Traceability Pilot, Leveraging USAID Oceans and SEAFDEC’s Regional Technologies and Lessons Learned

The Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries (D-FISH) will officially begin eCDT piloting its first eCDT system this year, a significant milestone that marks a transformation in Vietnam’s seafood traceability capabilities; moving from paper-based operations to an effective, robust, as well as interconnected digitized system. D-FISH, with support from USAID Oceans and SEAFDEC, is committed to leveraging the system for not only improved fisheries management, but also advancements in the human aspects of the fisheries supply chain.

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USAID Oceans’ Partners Share Benefits of Traceability Data Exchange for ASEAN Trade

On June 24 -25, USAID Oceans and its partners participated in and supported the 4th ASEAN Single Window Symposium in Bangkok, Thailand in partnership with the ASEAN-USAID Inclusive Growth in ASEAN through Innovation, Trade, and E-Commerce (IGNITE) project. At the Symposium, USAID Oceans and USAID IGNITE hosted a session, Exchanging Seafood Traceability Data through the ASEAN Single Window, in which panelists from the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), the Government of Thailand and the private sector were invited to share their perspectives. 

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USAID Oceans’ Partners Receive Award for Blockchain Traceability Innovation

In 2018, USAID Oceans’ grantee and partner, Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI), together with Anova Food LLC. and PT Harta Samudra collaborated with Bumble Bee Foods and SAP logistics to implement blockchain technology in their tuna supply chains, not only to strengthen seafood traceability throughout the supply chain for small-scale fisheries but also ensure food safety for consumers worldwide. In recognition of this accomplishment, on June 18, they were awarded the “Social Hero” SAP Innovation Award 2020, selected from amongst 433 candidates globally.

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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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Sustainable Fisheries Management Plan for Fisheries Management Area 716, Indonesia

The Sustainable Fisheries Management Plan for Fisheries Management Area (FMA) 716, Indonesia is an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Plan that has been developed through a collaborative and participatory multi-stakeholder process. The plan was developed and finalized through a series of collaborative workshops, including but not limited to the June 2017 “Integrated Stakeholder Consultation Workshop” conducted in Manado, Indonesia and the February 2019 “Review and Finalization Workshop for a Proposed Sustainable Fisheries Management Plan for Indonesia Fisheries Management Area 716,” conducted at the Indonesia Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) in Jakarta, Indonesia.

This document provides a detailed strategic planning framework to ensure ecologically sustainable management of FMA 716’s tuna fisheries, including “true” (e.g., yellow fin, bigeye and skipjack) and neritic (e.g., frigate, bullet, longtail; kawakawa; King and Spanish mackerels) and small pelagic fisheries. This plan is proposed for adoption and implementation by MMAF and relevant national and provincial government agencies, the Fisheries Management Committee (FMC), and non-governmental partners focused on fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in Indonesia. This plan complements and supports MMAF Ministerial Decrees and issuances for fisheries management for FMA 716 such as the Fisheries Management Plan (FMP) for FMA 716 through Ministerial Decree No. 83/KEPMEN–KP/2016 and the Fisheries Management Plan for Tuna, Skipjack and Tuna-like species through Ministerial Decree No. 107/KEPMEN–KP/2015. This document may also be of interest as a reference document to technical, private sector, and academic partners working towards fisheries sustainable planning.

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Sustainable Fisheries Management Plan for the Sarangani Bay and Sulawesi Sea: Region 12, Philippines

The Sustainable Fisheries Management Plan for the Sarangani Bay and Sulawesi Sea is an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Plan for the the Sarangani Bay and parts of the Sulawesi Sea that comprise the provinces of South Cotabato, Sarangani, and Sultan Kudarat, including Cotabato City and General Santos City (SOCCSKARGEN)—also known as Region 12 in the Philippines’ 16 administrative regions. This document is intended to provide a framework for fisheries management within the Sarangani Bay-Sulawesi corridor for adoption and implementation by relevant governmental agencies, local government units, non-governmental partners, academic and research institutions, and the fishing industry sector that altogether will benefit from effective fisheries management and biodiversity conservation in SOCCSKSARGEN and other regions of the Philippines.

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Gender Research in Fisheries and Aquaculture: A Training Handbook (Bahasa Indonesian)

Panduan Pelatihan ini dikembangkan melalui upaya kolaborasi antara Gender di Sektor Budidaya dan Perikanan (GAFS) dari Perkumpulan Perikanan Asia (AFS) dan USAID Oceans dan Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans). Pedoman ini merupakan kumpulan materi pelatihan yang sudah digunakan di Asia Tenggara dan wilayah sekitarnya dengan harapan dapat menyediakan pedoman yang merefleksikan beragam pengalaman dari lapangan, termasuk di sektor perikanan baik perempuan maupun laki-laki.

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Indonesia Program Close Out Event

To celebrate achievements made in Indonesia over the life of the program, USAID Oceans...

Date: 12 November, 2019 - 14 November, 2019
Location: Bitung and Manado, Indonesia
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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


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.’