The Oceans team has had an active quarter in the field, working to further capacity building objectives and continue to closely work with stakeholders. Learn more about where Oceans has been.

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Jan 9-12: Gender Analysis Planning Workshop, General Santos City, Philippines

Led by the Nation Network of Women in Fisheries, Inc. (WinFish), the Gender Analysis Planning Workshop was held in preparation for the Gender Analysis research to be conducted in General Santos City. The workshop presented Gender Analysis methodologies, an overview of the current status of tuna landings at the port, and led to a gendered tuna fisheries value chain. These included defining value chain activities at each scale, inventorying of male and female players and enablers at each node, identifying their roles, determining relationships between and among VC actors, and identifying opportunities and constraints to gender empowerment in the tuna fisheries value chain.

The workshop was attended by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Region 12 and Central Office, Philippine Fisheries Development Authority (PFDA) General Santos Fishport Complex (GSFPC), General Santos City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of General Santos, the Mindanao State University (MSU) – GenSan campus, and the Environmental Protection and Conservation Center (ECPC) of Sarangani Province. Representatives from the private sector included PhilFresh Corporation (Citramina group), Tuna Explorers Manufacturing Corporation, and Prime Katsuoboshi Philippines, Inc. Representatives from SEAFDEC-Thailand and the USAID Oceans Philippines team also participated in the event.

Jan 12-18: Indonesia Coastal Tuna Sustainability Alliance (ICTSA) Strategic Planning Meeting

The Oceans team participated in the Indonesia Coastal Tuna Sustainability Alliance Planning Meeting, held to agree on ICTSA detailed objectives and develop a 3-year work plan. Oceans provided an update on 2017 organizational plans relevant to ICTSA's goals.

Jan 18: ADM Capital Foundation Partnership Launched

The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership and ADM Capital Foundation launched their partnership to explore the development and implementation of a financing vehicle to promote innovation and scalability in seafood traceability to combat IUU fishing, promote a fair and ethical seafood supply chain and sustainable fisheries and marine biodiversity conservation in Indonesia from 2017-2019. Learn more about ADM Capital Foundation.

Jan 25-26: EAFM Workshop on Crafting Fisheries Component of the Protected Area Management Plan, Manila, Philippines

The EAFM workshop on Crafting the Fisheries Component of the Protected Area Management Plan of the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape was attended by members of the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) of the Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape, representatives from the Philippines Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, local government units of all municipalities around the bay, and relevant civil society organizations. The Fisheries Component of the Protected Area Management Plan will ensure that fisheries-related concerns are reflected in the new plan. During group discussions, presentations and reporting, the participants were encouraged to apply a gender lens in their discourses.

Feb 16: MOU Signing with Government of Indonesia

USAID Oceans and the Indonesia Ministry of Marine Affairs officially launched the Oceans and Fisheries Partnership's activities in Indonesia at the Fisheries Business Forum. At the event, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Government of Indonesia signed a Memorandum of Understanding in support of USAID Oceans’ activities. The event was attended by U.S. Ambassador Donovan, USAID Mission Director Erin McKee, and Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) Director General of Product Competitiveness, Nilanto Perbowo. Read More.

Feb 21-23: Stakeholder Validation Workshop, General Santos City, Philippines

Oceans held a three-day workshop in General Santos City to present recent research results and findings for discussion and agreement among a range of stakeholders, which included local and national government, industry, non-profit organizations, fisherfolk, private sector, and academia. As one of USAID Oceans’ program learning sites, a series of research studies were conducted over the last year to gather critical information that will inform the design of the program’s Catch Documentation and Traceability (CDT) System and supporting program interventions. Read More.

March 9: Oceans/SEAFDEC Coordination Meetings

The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership and SEAFDEC met to finalize plans for the upcoming regional EAFM planning workshop, “Regional Fisheries Management Planning: Taking the Sub-regional Approach." The proposed key objectives of the workshop will include: (i) Sharing of experiences and lessons of fisheries management implementation in the Southeast Asia region; (ii) reviewed/updated sub-regional fisheries management plan for Sulu Sulawesi Seas; and (iii) key elements of fisheries management framework plan for Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand (South China Sea) sub-regions.

March 11-13: Seafood Expo North America, Boston, Massachusetts

The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership attended the Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America conference, North America’s largest seafood exposition. Thousands of buyers and suppliers from around the world attend the annual, three-day exposition to meet, network and do business. Attending buyers represent importers, exporters, wholesalers, restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, and other retail and foodservice companies. USAID Oceans presented Activity progress and the CDT System design concept to industry representatives and networked with potential partners in support of the CDTS' implementation. Learn more about the conference.

March 13-19: EAFM Rapid Appraisal with Sam Ratulgani University (UNSRAT)

From March 13-19, 2017, USAID Oceans' team visited Activity learning site, Bitung, Indonesia to conduct an Inception and Planning Workshop on “Gender Analysis in the Fisheries Sector" in Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The workshop was held at the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Science (FFMS), Sam Ratulangi University (UNSRAT) in Manado. Oceans has developed a partnership with UNSRAT to support learning site activities in Bitung, bolstering sustainability, capacity building and regional cooperation efforts. 

Students at UNSRAT will support data collection for Oceans' Rapid Appraisal for Fisheries Management in the learning site. At the workshop, a training of enumerators was conducted to ensure the student enumerators were familiar with the project and the survey instruments to be used for face to face surveys. The orientation and training provided the enumerators with a common understanding and interpretation of the survey instruments, allowed them to familiarize with the tool to be used (Google forms), gave opportunity to practice conducting a survey in the field and pretest the questionnaires, and enabled them to provide feedback and input to better improve the survey instruments.

On the last day, participants attended field visits to Lembeh Island and sites in the Bitung City area where women fishers have great influence and are practicing leadership in their business, at home and in their communities. The team visited Bitung (Lembeh Island and Bitung city area) to look at the various women-led fish processing activities.   

March 17: Partnership with Thai Union Announced

Thai Union Group PCL and the United States Agency for International Development Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) announced their partnership to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, promote fair and ethical seafood supply chains, and improve the sustainability of fisheries in the Asia-Pacific region. See the press release.

March 20-21: Catch Documentation and Traceability System Design Workshop with Philippines Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Quezon City, Philippines

Oceans held a two-day workshop in Quezon City to present the validated results of the CDT Team's field study in General Santos City and discuss with BFAR Technical Working Group next steps with the design and development of the CDT System. It was discussed that the CDT System for the Philippines will be guided by the BFAR Administrative Circular No. 251, series of 2014 or the “Traceability System for Fish and Fishery Products."

March 24: Gender in the Bitung Fisheries Value Chain Workshop, Bitung, Indonesia

USAID Oceans' team participated in a Fisheries Value Chain Workshop for tuna fisheries in Bitung, Indonesia. The Workshop was attended by over 30 various stakeholders from local government, small-scale tuna processors, and Sam Ratulangi University (UNSRAT). The workshop included a gender equity mapping exercise to assess (1) Where is gender on the whole chain of supply (existing conditions); (2) What is the role of gender at each chain (existing conditions); and (3) What are the potential roles and opportunities of gender at each chain?

March 30-31: EAFM Rapid Appraisal Finalization Workshop with WorldFish, Alabang Muntinlupa, Philippines

Oceans held a two-day workshop in Alabang Muntinlupa, Philippines with WorldFish and the Rapid Appraisal for Fisheries Management Systems (RAFMS) team to review final research results and findings and craft the project's Integrated Final Technical Report. Potential technical papers for journal publication were also identified and discussed. The RAFMS outputs aim to contribute in strengthening of fisheries management in Sarangani Bay and Suluwesi Sea, as well as guide/inform the design and development of the program’s CDT System and supporting program interventions.

April 3-5: SEAFDEC 49th Council Meeting, Brunei Darussalam

USAID Oceans, along with leadership from the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia, attended the 49th SEAFDEC Council Meeting in Brunei Darussalam. The meeting served to present the progress of SEAFDEC in 2016 and deliver guidance from the council on important issues for the upcoming year.