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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USAID Oceans and partners lead dialogue on business impacts of traceability at Responsible Business Forum

1 Apr, 2019 | Feature Article, Project Update

The Sixth Responsible Business Forum on Food and Agriculture convened over 400 private and public sector actors to share their knowledge, solutions and innovations for food security and sustainability. USAID Oceans led one of the event’s four commodity working groups, in which its private sector partners and other leading traceability experts shared their traceability experiences with participants.

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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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Indonesia Continues Progress in Pursuit of End-to-End Seafood Traceability

23 Jan, 2019 | Feature Article, Project Update

USAID Oceans has been working in partnership with the Indonesia Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), local government, private sector and non-governmental partners to develop and implement an electronic catch documentation and traceability (eCDT) system in the program’s learning site of Bitung, Indonesia. Since USAID Oceans’ engagement with Indonesia in 2015, the Government of Indonesia and industry partners have made great bounds in achieving end-to-end traceability.

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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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First Mover Industry Partners Report Business Benefits of Traceability Technology

8 Feb, 2019 | Success Story

In 2018, Anova joined USAID Oceans’ network of partners to establish full-chain traceability for tuna products harvested in Southeast Asia that are imported into the United States, and since has reported business benefits realized from piloted technology innovations. In addition to contributing to more sustainable fisheries, Anova has experienced increased assurance in meeting market requirements, a greater ability to meet customer requirements, and enhanced business efficiencies.

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USAID Oceans Announces Selection of Newest Grantees to Leverage eCDT Data for Improved Fisheries Management

15 Jan, 2019 | Feature Article, Project Update

In December, USAID Oceans selected two grantees to support its work to leverage eCDT data to improve fisheries management. Two grantees were selected in the program’s Indonesia and the Philippines learning sites, Masyarakat dan Perikanan (MDPI) in Indonesia and Mindanao State University Naawan Foundation for Science and Technology Development, Inc. (MSUNFSTDI) in the Philippines, to undertake data analysis that can be shared with all ASEAN member countries to inform traceability initiatives across the region.

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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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USAID Oceans Brings Additional Vessels “Online” in Indonesia CDT Pilot

15 Nov, 2018 | Feature Article, Project Update

USAID Oceans conducted a second installment of at-sea data capture technology and provided technical assistance to its First Mover partners in Bitung during October 22- 26, 2018. The installed Pointrek technology is a two-way communication vessel monitoring system (VMS) with real-time catch reporting that enables fishers to capture seafood traceability data directly at its point of catch.

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