Making Connections to Combat IUU Fishing
USAID Oceans considers public-private partnerships to be critical to their mission to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. As such, its dedicated Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) team recently traveled to Boston for the annual Seafood Expo North America, March 11-13, 2017. The Seafood Expo draws thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world to meet, network and do business. Attending buyers represent importers, exporters, wholesalers, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, and other retail and foodservice companies. At the Expo, USAID Oceans engaged potential partners to present the conceptual design of the program’s Catch Documentation and Traceability (CDT) System.
USAID Oceans continues to engage potential partners to bolster system support and sustainability, secure additional interested parties for pilot implementation, and leverage industry and technological expertise. Oceans most recently celebrated a partnership with ADM Capital Foundation. The two-year partnership will seek to explore the development and implementation of a financing vehicle to promote innovation and scalability in seafood traceability to combat IUU fishing, promote a fair and ethical seafood supply chain and sustainable fisheries and marine biodiversity conservation in Indonesia.