BFAR to use new catch documentation system to curb illegal fishing

10 Feb, 2020 | Feature Article

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

6 Feb, 2020 | Feature Article

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

5 Feb, 2020 | Feature Article

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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Taking the Next Step to Scale-up Electronic Catch Documentation and Traceability in Southeast Asia

27 Dec, 2019 | Feature Article

USAID Oceans is working with partners throughout Southeast Asia to develop Technical Guidance on the Design and Implementation of eCDT Systems in Southeast Asia. To advance this effort, during the week of December 2, 2019, USAID Oceans convened eCDT technical working group members and regional partners to take part in a workshop to finalize this important document. 

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Thailand Department of Fisheries Identifies Opportunities to Improve Catch Documentation, Traceability, and Fisheries Management

2 Dec, 2019 | Feature Article

USAID Oceans has been collaborating with the Thailand Department of Fisheries (DOF) to develop and implement a robust national electronic catch documentation and traceability system. In pursuit of this goal, on October 31st, 2019, USAID Oceans, the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, and the Thailand DOF held a Fisheries Value Chain Analysis Workshop.

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Safer at sea: The unexpected benefit of traceability for small-scale fishers

12 Nov, 2019 | Feature Article

Big and small fishing vessels are now installing systems to track where they catch fish and register the data for others in the supply chain to see. These systems are changing the lives of small-scale fishermen in an unexpected way: by enabling them to stay in touch with their families.

USAID Oceans has been supporting this initiative in General Santos, the Philippines by equipping small-scale fishers with traceability technologies and working with local governments to track vessel locations and collect important data to inform fisheries management.

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