PRESS RELEASE: USAID Celebrates Accomplishments in Combating Illegal Fishing and Promoting Sustainable Fisheries in the Asia-Pacific Region

16 Apr, 2020 | Feature Article, Press Release

In February, public and private sector leaders in the seafood industry gathered in Manila, Philippines, and Jakarta, Indonesia, to celebrate the accomplishments of the USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership’s work in Southeast Asia. The two closeout events highlighted the significant work of partners from ASEAN member states and the regional seafood industry to promote resource conservation and maritime security.

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BFAR to tap new catch documentation system to fight illegal fishing

14 Feb, 2020 | Feature Article

The Philippine government can soon utilize a new catch documentation system – which took five years to be developed – in addressing illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. A statement showed that the Philippines Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), in partnership with the USAID Oceans and SEAFDEC, completed the establishment of the electronic catch documentation and traceability (eCDT) system after five years.

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System to boost the Philippines’ sustainable fishing efforts

11 Feb, 2020 | Feature Article

Through collaboration with the USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center, the Philippines Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources launches a newly-developed electronic catch documentation and traceability (eCDT) system to strengthen the Philippine government’s fight against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and sustainable management of the country’s waters

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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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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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