USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership Ignites Private Sector Interest in Seafood Traceability System
In order to tap into the expertise, resources and innovations of a diverse array of public, private, and nonprofit organizations, the USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) has laid the groundwork for several high impact partnerships. These partnerships will enhance the development, deployment, and effectiveness of the program’s electronic seafood catch documentation and traceability (CDT) system, which will help protect Asia’s marine biodiversity.
USAID Oceans has garnered the interest and support of several key stakeholders, all leaders in the realm of seafood sustainability and traceability. With the help of these partners, including the Global Food Traceability Center, Marine Stewardship Council, MDPI, Seafood Watch, Fishwise, Ecotrust Canada and Future of Fish, USAID Oceans will develop a technical advisory group. This advisory group will provide valuable, experience-based technical expertise in the design, testing, and implementation of the USAID Oceans electronic CDT system. The advisory group will augment the credibility of the USAID Oceans project with key stakeholders, including thought leaders and industry partners; and build confidence in the USAID Oceans CDT design and process.
USAID Oceans has also reached out to and developed concepts with potential partners through seafood industry events such as the North American Seafood Show. Focusing on seafood buyers and their NGO partners, USAID Oceans seeks to both obtain feedback on the CDT technical concept but also create demand for traceable seafood products from Southeast Asia.