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

| Feature Article, Project Update

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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PRESS RELEASE: USAID Brings Seafood Traceability Solutions to Coral Triangle Region

26 Jun, 2019 | Feature Article, Press Release

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

5 Jun, 2019 | Feature Article, Project Update

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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USAID Launches New Fisheries Management Guidance for Gender-Inclusive, Technology-Responsive Research

21 Apr, 2019 | Feature Article, Project Update

As the state of the world’s fisheries, and the approaches used to manage them, have changed greatly over the past two decades, so too has the need for fisheries management guidance to evolve. On April 10, 2019, USAID Oceans convened contributing authors at the 12th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum in Iloilo, Philippines, to launch the new guide.

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Lao Government Convenes Mekong Fisheries Leaders at National Training to Promote a Gender Responsive Fisheries Sector

18 Apr, 2019 | Feature Article, Project Update

Gender equity and human welfare have become increasingly central to the development of fisheries sector mandates and policies in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR). In Laos, much like in other Southeast Asian countries, women play a significant role in fisheries and aquaculture, especially in processing and marketing.

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WINFISH Kicks Off Gender Equity Grant in the Philippines, Secures Commitments from Partners

1 Apr, 2019 | Feature Article, Project Update

In March, USAID Oceans officially awarded a grant to the National Network on Women in Fisheries in the Philippines, Inc. (WINFISH) to advocate for increased gender equity and promote women’s empowerment in the fisheries sector in General Santos City, Philippines. The grant’s Inception Workshop convened local partners and gathered commitments in support of their work.

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Philippines eCDT System Pilot Progresses, Uncovers Key Lessons for USAID Oceans’ Regional Partners

29 Jan, 2019 | Feature Article, Project Update

USAID Oceans continues to work closely with BFAR to test and enhance the capabilities of the eCDTS. Over the last year, partners (e.g., BFAR and Industry First Movers, etc.) have been able to begin to assess the impacts of the system and identify a strategy for expanding the system beyond the General Santos City learning site and throughout the Philippines. To date, the system has traced over 25 million metric tons of tuna.

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PRESS RELEASE: USAID Oceans Challenges Southeast Asian Tech Developers at Seafood Traceability Hackathon

13 Feb, 2019 | Press Release

BANGKOK, February, 13, 2019 – This week, the USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) showcased seafood traceability innovations at a Seafood Traceability “Trackathon” organized by its partner, the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST). The Trackathon, named after its hackathon style approach, convened technology developers from across Southeast Asia to pitch technology solutions for improved regional seafood traceability.

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USAID Oceans Announces Business Innovation Competition Calling for Technology Solutions to Save the Ocean and Promote Food Security

12 Feb, 2019 | Feature Article, Project Update

USAID Oceans recently announced the Southeast Asia Business Innovation Competition, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand in 2019. The Competition seeks to expand the region’s business ‘ecosystem’ of companies offering transformative products and services to address challenges faced in ocean conservation and seafood traceability.

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USAID Oceans Advances Regional Readiness for Traceability System Design, Development with Catch Documentation Assessments

19 Dec, 2018 | Feature Article, Project Update

Since its launch in 2015, USAID Oceans has worked to engage ASEAN and Coral Triangle Member Countries to advance their capacity to accomplish end-to-end seafood traceability. Over 2017 and 2018, USAID Oceans partnered with Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam to assess their current catch documentation and traceability capabilities and to develop a road map for implementing electronic traceability systems compliant with U.S. and EU market requirements in the near-term and other importing country requirements in the long-term.

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