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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May 3-4: Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability, Bangkok

To engage industry partners in the design and implementation of the CDT System, USAID Oceans acted as a technical advisor to the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) at its first ASEAN workshop. The GDST is an international, business-to-business platform established to advance a unified framework for interoperable seafood traceability practices. During the workshop, participants started developing a set of minimum key data elements (KDEs), initiated conversations on interoperable IT architecture and identified traceability issues specific to ASEAN.

May 31-June 2: Philippines Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Agile-Scrum Development Training, Manila

To build internal capacity for catch documentation and traceability system development, USAID Oceans provided a training to thirty BFAR system developers and programmers on the Agile-Scrum system development methodology. The training improved BFAR’s internal capacity to develop apps and software that is responsive to changes and easily adaptable for evolving specifications and requirements. Follow-up development trainings will be held in 2017.

June 4-10: Songkhla, Thailand Site Visit

USAID Oceans visited Songkhla, Thailand to conduct field research on the current electronic traceability system in use by the Thailand Department of Fisheries (DOF). The team visited the Songkhla Provincial Fisheries Office and completed a preliminary system assessment. USAID Oceans is currently working to complete the CDT assessment, provide recommendations for the CDT design, and present findings at the Stakeholder Validation Workshop to be held August 28-29, in Songkhla.

Also in Songkhla, USAID Oceans continued to work with Thai Union to pilot the digital catch documentation and traceability. Software and hardware has now been installed on fishing vessels, and captains, crew, and vessel owners have been trained to collect data at sea. In September, USAID Oceans will collaborate with Thai Union to conduct an assessment of this pilot, aiming to share results and findings from the assessment to the public at the end of 2017.

June 8: World Ocean Day

USAID Oceans celebrated World Ocean Day and the work of our partners with the publication of a photo essay through the USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia. Read the story at

June 13-15: Vietnam Consultations, Hanoi

On June 13-15, USAID Oceans traveled to Vietnam to meet with the USAID Oceans Technical Working Group members from the Vietnam Department of Fisheries (DFish), as well as private sector representatives. The teams discussed and agreed upon activities for conduct in Year 3 in Vietnam—site selection and profiling, conduct of a multi-stakeholder consultation workshop and development of a CDT gaps analysis and roadmap.

June 19-21: Manado Integrated Stakeholder Consultation Workshop (ISCW), Manado, Indonesia

The Manado ISCW brought together over 100 participants at the national and local levels of government, industry, private sector, and academia. At the workshop, technical leads and subcontracted research organizations presented the results of learning site research and conducted a series of learning sessions and discussions to further the development of the learning site's Sustainable Fisheries Management Plan (SFMP). SFMP sessions prioritized issues, developed possible fisheries management interventions and gathered inputs and comments on the tuna fisheries’ management plan.

June 20-23: SEAFDEC electronic ASEAN Catch Documentation Scheme Training (eACDS), Brunei Darussalam

As part of USAID Oceans’ support for regional catch documentation and traceability, the Activity continued to support and learn from the implementation of SEAFDEC’s ASEAN Catch Documentation Scheme. As such, USAID Oceans participated in SEAFDEC’s eACDS training in Brunei Darussalam. SEAFDEC is piloting the eACDS in Brunei—with expansion to other ASEAN member countries to follow.

June 20-24: Value Chain Analysis Training, Manila

As a follow-up to USAID Oceans’ Value Chain Analysis (VCA), completed earlier in 2017, the team conducted a training course on Tuna Value Chain Analysis (VCA) to BFAR Marketing Personnel. USAID Oceans provided resource person(s) to conduct the training, which included Mr. Paul Ramirez, Socio-Economic-VCA Specialist from WorldFish and Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay, Gender-VCA Expert from the University of the Philippines Visayas Tacloban College.

June 22: Bitung Site Visit, Bitung, Indonesia

As part of the ISCW workshop, the USAID Oceans team conducted a Bitung site visit with representatives from USAID/RDMA, USAID/ASEAN, USAID Oceans and SEAFDEC to meet with Bitung Fish Port Authorities and officials of the District-level MMAF. The team also visited a local private processing plant with one of it's "first mover" industry partners that will pilot the CDT system.

June 22: First Meeting of the Data Management Committee (DMC), Sulawesi Utara, Indonesia

USAID Oceans supported the establishment of a Data Management Committee (DMC) in Sulawesi Utara with partner Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI). DMCs are an integral part of MDPI’s work and bring together stakeholders from local tuna fisheries including the provincial and local government, industry and fishers, academia, NGOs, industry associations and scientists to discuss the need for and potential benefit of a forum where fisheries management issues can be discussed regularly by the people engaged in the fishery. The DMC was established on June 22, in conjunction with the body’s first meeting. The DMC will play a pivotal role in the implementation of the CDT System in Bitung.

June 30: Participation in the 120th Quarterly Meeting of the Philippines Council for Agriculture and Fisheries (PCAF) Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture (CFA)

USAID Oceans is a member of the PCAF CFA, which recognizes that a more responsive agriculture and fisheries sector and the promotion of stakeholder empowerment is a multi-stakeholder, participatory process. PCAF CFA has membership from government, private sector, research institutes, non-governmental organizations, and civil society organizations, among others, and is a potential platform for USAID Oceans to forward recommendations related to CDT and EAFM to gain political traction through PCAF/CFA endorsement.

July 4-6: CTI-CFF's 3rd Fisheries Forum

USAID Oceans participated in CTI-CFF’s 3rd Fishers Forum, hosted by the regional office of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR Region 6-Western Visayas) and the World Wildlife Fund-Philippines. The conference was attended by member countries of CTI-CFF, namely Indonesia, Malaysia (Federal & Sabah States), Philippines, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. Participants from each country were composed of the officers from the fisheries government agencies, private sector and the fishers. Other participants included the academe, development partners and NGOs. The overall theme was “Sustainable Coastal Fisheries through Local Innovation: Scaling Up Effective Models for IUU Reduction, Catch Documentation and Traceability in Support of Sustainable Local Fisheries”. The forum provided a venue for sharing of information and experiences in the Coral Triangle and regional fisheries on IUU reduction, catch documentation and traceability in support of sustainable coastal fisheries, identifying obstacles, key issues and priorities.

July 12-14: 2nd National Technical Working Group Planning Workshop, Bangkok

USAID Oceans brought together over 100 fisheries experts for its second Technical Working Group (TWG) Workshop in Bangkok, Thailand. USAID Oceans’ TWG is composed of national fisheries agency representatives from ASEAN and Coral Triangle member countries who support each of the program’s workstreams—Catch Documentation and Traceability, Fisheries Management through an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management, Human Welfare and Public-Private Partnerships. Participants received briefings from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the upcoming Seafood Import Monitoring Program, program partner Seafood Watch and participated in USAID Oceans-led technical trainings.

July 13-14: 14th National Symposium in Marine Science, Nasugbu, Batangas

USAID Oceans participated in and presented at the Philippine Association of Marine Science's 14th National Symposium in Marine Science. Presentations included: (i) CDT: Enhancing Documentation and Traceability to Conserve Biodiversity; (ii) Sustainability Issues and Prospects of Improved Fisheries Governance in the Sarangani Bay-Sulawesi Sea System; (iii) Quantifying Small-scale Fisheries for Fisheries Management and Biodiversity Conservation in Sarangani Bay Protected Seascape, Sarangani Bay, Southern Philippines; and (iv) Value Chain Analysis for Tuna in the Commercial Fisheries Sector in Sarangani, Philippines.

July 17-20: MDPI Think Tank on Small Scale Fisheries, Bali, Indonesia

In July, Yayasan Masyarakat dan Perikanan Indonesia (MDPI) organized a Think Tank on Small Scale Fisheries, which brought together over 20 practitioners from around the world working on various issues to do with Small Scale Fisheries. The objective was to draw out themes on the challenges and opportunities to facilitate the transformation of the sector from being illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) to being Legal Reported and Regulated (LRR). Additionally, the workshop focused on identifying the main challenges and solutions around engaging small scale fisheries, as currently the attention is placed on the large scale fishing industry. Electronic catch documentation and traceability, technology, equity issues, governance, and sustainable finance/business models took center stage.

August 21-25: Regional Gender Workshop and Regional Fisheries Management Planning Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand

USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) held two key program workshops, the Regional Gender Workshop and Regional Fisheries Management Planning Workshop. Held back to back, the workshops allowed fisheries management and gender interventions to be complement each other, ensuring that the developed Sustainable Fisheries Management Plans consider gender issues and contribute toward gender equity. From the workshops, the program will develop a Regional Sustainable Fisheries Management Plan and Guidelines for Gender Mainstreaming in the Fisheries Sector.

August 28-29: Integrated Stakeholder Workshop, Songkhla, Thailand

USAID Oceans, together with SEAFDEC and the Thailand Department of Fisheries (DOF), held a Multi-Stakeholder Workshop on Fisheries Management in Songkhla, Thailand to introduce USAID Oceans and proposed project activities to local stakeholders in the learning site. In addition, the workshop will support to DOF Thailand to strengthen and/or update the small pelagic fisheries management plan of Southern Thailand and to strengthen the CDT System as effective tool to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud. The workshop will also serve to finalize the Songkhla Site Profile, which provides information on the present characteristics, issues and challenges of the learning site and its small pelagic fisheries. Information will be verified by various attending stakeholder groups from national and local fisheries, includes related government agencies, private sector, civil society organizations and individual men and women fishers in small pelagic fisheries.