Regional Guidance Released for Catch Documentation and Traceability Data Requirements
Following an extensive development and peer review period, the USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) has just released its guidance on data requirements for robust catch documentation and traceability in Southeast Asia’s wild-caught fisheries.
Data Requirements for Catch Documentation and Traceability in Southeast Asia, or the “KDE Manual” for short, provides a comprehensive overview of the program’s minimum and recommended Key Data Elements (KDEs)—along with a glossary of key terms, in-depth definitions of each KDE and an overview of the program’s recommendations against those of existing import market regulations and certification schemes. The KDE Manual is geared toward participating and interested private sector, technical, and academic partners—particularly those participating in USAID Oceans’ Catch Documentation and Traceability System (CDTS) pilots in Philippine and Indonesian learning sites.
In addition to common traceability data requirements and because of growing international concerns over the human welfare conditions within Southeast Asia’s seafood supply chains, USAID Oceans is exploring how to capture and share relevant and verifiable information relating to human welfare (HW), labor and socioeconomic conditions within specified supply chains, particularly at the point-of-catch (at sea), landing and processing. As such, the KDE manual also includes the full, emerging set of HW KDEs recommended by USAID Oceans. Recommended HW KDEs were developed following in-field research conducted in USAID Oceans’ learning sites and in consultation with Activity partners. While HW KDEs do not directly contribute to the traceability of a specific seafood product, they do support critical human welfare objectives to enhance the quality and condition of crew and worker conditions. The collection of sex-disaggregated data not only stands to benefit national government and policy makers, but also contributes to global efforts to collect data that supports evidence-based policy and decision making.
USAID Oceans intends to update this guide as lessons are learned out of CDTS testing and demonstrations and/or as regional or international requirements evolve. USAID Oceans also plans to release country-specific KDE tear-sheets to support partners in capturing data specific to national terminology, regulation, and need.