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

1 Aug, 2019 | Feature Article, Project Update

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

| 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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USAID Oceans’ Partners Receive Award for Blockchain Traceability Innovation

| Feature Article, Project Update, Success Story

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

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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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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