USAID Oceans Project Impact Factsheet
Since USAID Oceans began in May 2015, the program has achieved national, regional, and international impact in designing and implementing eCDT technologies; strengthening human and institutional capacity to conserve marine biodiversity through sustainable fisheries management plans; and enhancing public-private partnerships to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud. USAID Oceans key accomplishments as of May 2020 include:
- Supporting the development of 7 innovative eCDT technologies and eCDT systems that have tracked more than 4 million pounds of legal and sustainable seafood products within the seafood supply chain, representing a value of approximately US$20 million.
- Developing and implementing sustainable fisheries management plans to support eCDT implementation, including the first known sub-regional sustainable fisheries management plan. These plans protect marine habitats totaling an area over 1.5 times the size of the United States (> 100 million hectares), help countries manage transboundary fish stocks, and protect seascapes from illegal fishing practices.
- Supporting the development of 5 legal instruments to promote gender equity and women’s empowerment in fisheries management. These instruments make it easier for women to register as fishers, incorporate gender considerations in existing fisheries policies, and build capacities of partner organizations to implement organizational gender policies.
- Leveraging over US$4 million by engaging with public and private sector partners, including U.S.-based seafood suppliers such as Anova Food, LLC. and Bumble Bee Seafood.
- Training over 1,800 women and men from governmental and non-governmental stakeholder groups throughout Southeast Asia to use strategic tools in support of project objectives.