USAID Oceans Partners with World Ocean Council to Improve Sustainability of Asia-Pacific Fisheries
The World Oceans Council (WOC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have announced a new partnership in support of the Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans). USAID Oceans is working to develop a regional Catch Documentation and Traceability System (CDTS) to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices in the Asia-Pacific region.
USAID Oceans aims to enhance the sustainability of Asia-Pacific fisheries, protect the region’s rich marine biodiversity, and mitigate the serious impacts that result from IUU fishing. USAID Oceans works with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Coral Triangle member countries to enhance catch documentation and traceability, fisheries management, and human welfare.
To support system development, implementation, adoption, and sustainability, the World Ocean Council will support USAID Oceans to engage the private sector, including the investment community. WOC will bring together the ocean business community to develop leadership, collaboration, and investment in support of Oceans’ objectives. USAID oceans will engage with WOC’s Smart Oceans-Smart Industries program, which works with partners in industry, science, and government to help identify data-driven technology solutions to the key issues facing ocean health. Together, WOC and USAID Oceans will:
- Further develop the USAID Oceans Technical Advisory Group, a panel of traceability experts that will inform system design and implementation plan;
- Engage key companies from fisheries, seafood, technology, data management, telecommunications and other sectors essential to the development, improvement, operation and expansion of the CDTS;
- Identify business and investment models to sustain the system beyond the life of USAID Oceans; and
- Identify approaches and strategic partnerships for industry and governments to expand the availability of lower cost technologies and remote/at sea connectivity to support the expansion of data collection for catch documentation and traceability, fisheries management and enforcement.