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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USAID Oceans Project Impact Factsheet

Since USAID Oceans began in May 2015, the program has achieved national, regional, and international impact in designing and implementing eCDT technologies; strengthening human and...

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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.’