USAID/RDMA Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans)
USAID/Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID/RDMA)
Tetra Tech ARD
Resonance, Verité, Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF)
Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand
June 2015 – May 2020
The Asia-Pacific region hosts some of the most biodiverse and productive marine ecosystems in the world. These ecosystems provide food and income for over 200 million people and include the epicenter of global marine biodiversity—the Coral Triangle.
The region’s fish stocks and coral reefs are in danger because of overfishing and illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing—threatening biodiversity, food security, and livelihoods. The Asia-Pacific fishing industry has also faced intense scrutiny for gender inequity and unethical and illegal labor practices. Human rights violations in the seafood industry have gained traction in the international media, prompting human welfare initiatives and growing demand for seafood traceability. This is not a challenge any one company or government can solve alone: Improving transparency, traceability, and management of the region’s complex, transboundary seafood supply chains will demand government and private sector buy in, expertise, and collaboration.
The USAID/RDMA Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans), led by Tetra Tech ARD, strengthened regional cooperation for sustainable, legal management and trade of fisheries resources in the Asia-Pacific region. USAID Oceans developed regional electronic catch, documentation, and traceability (eCDT) systems and new fisheries management standards, to help companies and regional fishery organizations better detect and combat illegal fishing. These eCDT systems – which allow seafood products to be tagged and digitally tracked from catch to plate – and new standards give governments and seafood buyers the transparency they need to enforce fishery regulations and incentivize more sustainable seafood practices.
On USAID Oceans, Resonance led private sector engagement and developed public-private partnerships to create and strengthen technology solutions for eCDT, human welfare, and combatting IUU fishing in the region.
Key activities included:
Resonance co-designed, launched, and implemented 14 PPPs for sustainable and ethical fisheries in Southeast Asia. Highlights include: