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

| Feature Article, Project Update

The Vietnam Directorate of Fisheries (D-FISH) will officially begin piloting its eCDT system. The launch of the pilot is 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 an 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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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 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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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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