Newly-Developed fisheries catch documentation system set to improve Philippine’s sustainable resource management

Newly-Developed fisheries catch documentation system set to improve PH’s sustainable resource management

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.

“I also understand that this five-year learning, experimenting and piloting and the good lessons that we have achieved with the USAID here, nurturing this project with us and with BFAR having been deeply engaged, having been deeply involved by now, it’s all here in our hearts and minds, and it is now time to institutionalize these learnings, these experiences,” Agriculture Secretary William Dar said.


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