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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Celebrating Changemakers of Asia-Pacific’s Oceans: World Oceans Day 2019

7 Jun, 2019 | Feature Article, Project Update

Since its launch in 2015, USAID Oceans has witnessed and worked first hand with women in the sector who are paving the way for a more prosperous seafood industry, working to provide for their communities, creating more sustainable fisheries, and closing the gap toward achieving global priorities, like the UNs’ Sustainable Development Goals. This year, to celebrate and recognize World Oceans Day, USAID Oceans would like to share the work and impacts of several program partners who are preserving the future of Southeast Asia’s seas and oceans, and supporting those that depend upon them.

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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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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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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 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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