USAID Oceans Convenes Regional Workshop to Strengthen ASEAN Fisheries Management
The USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership recently held its first inaugural meeting of its Technical Working Group (TWG) in July 2016. The TWG was formed after country consultations were held with each of the nine member countries, and dedicated staff from their respective Department of Fisheries and Marine Affairs were nominated to support each of USAID Oceans’ objectives – catch documentation and traceability, implementation of an Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries Management, and human welfare issues, such as labor rights and gender equality. Over 80 attendees from nine countries, convened in Bangkok, Thailand, along with U.S. government representatives from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). At the meeting, country representatives worked to discuss individual country priority needs, identify potential opportunities for USAID Oceans’ support, and begin planning concrete work plans that will map out the Partnerships’ next four years of regional engagement. The Partnership is currently working to design its catch documentation and traceability system, which will be launched in two pilot learning sites located in Indonesia and the Philippines. The sites will pilot the design, implementation, and testing of the CDT system.