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Interactive Inventory of International Capacity Building Initiatives for Fisheries

The U.S. Action Plan for Combating IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud outlines 15 recommendations for responding to these issues. Recommendation 6 aims to build international capacity to sustainably manage fisheries and combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud in coordination with a range of partners who share this interest. This website contributes toward that goal by maintaining an inventory of cooperation and assistance activities implemented by the broad community of donors, technical groups, government, and non-governmental organizations working on these issues.

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Africa Regional Media Hub
Althelia Ecosphere
ASEAN Wildlife Enforcement Network
Asia Development Bank
Asia Pacific Fisheries Commission
Asian Seafood Improvement Collaborative
Birdlife International
Bloomberg Philanthropy
Bumble Bee Tuna
Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program (CMBP)
Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM)
Center for Advanced Defense Studies (C4ADS)
Chatham House
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Congressional Oceans Caucus
Conservation International
Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF)
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Coral Reef Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs Fisheries (CTI-CRF)
Darden Restaurants
Developing Alternatives Incorporated (DAI)
Encourage Capital
Environmental Defense Fund
Environmental Justice Foundation
Environmental Law Institute
Fauna and Flora International
Fish 2.0 (fish20)
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Foundations of Success (FOS)
Freeland Foundation
Future of Fish
Global Environment Facility
Global Wildlife Program
Greenhouse Gas Management Institute
Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish Shareholders Alliance
Honduras Center for Marine Studies
Institute of Food Technologists IFT
International  Air Traffic Association (IATA)
International Military Education & Training (IMET)
International Monitoring Control and Surveillance Network (IMCS Network)
International Pole & Line Foundation
International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) (ISS-Foundation)
International Union for Conservation of Nature
IUU Risk Intelligence
Kingfisher Foundation
Landesa's Responsible Investments in Property and Land
Mabee Foundation
Marine Stewardship Council
Mfish (mFish)
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Moore Foundation
Munson Foundation
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
National Fisheries Institute
National Geographic Society
National Restaurant Association
National Whistleblower Center
Ocean Conservancy
Ocean Outcomes
Oceans 5
Packard Foundation
Partnership for the Conservation of Amazon Biodiversity
Pew Charitable Trusts
Phillips Seafood
PinoyME Foundation
Reducing Opportunities for Unlawful Transport of Endangered Species Partnership
Safe Ocean Network
Satellite Applications Catapult
Science for Nature and People Partnership
Sea Delight
Seafood Harvesters of America
Secure Fisheries
Skoll Foundation
SMART (Telecommunications)
Southeast Asia Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC)
Stimson Center
Sub-Regional Fisheries Commission
Sustainability Incubator (SI)
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership
Terra Global Capital
Tetra Tech
The Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR)
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)
The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF)
The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
The Naval Postgraduate School (NPS)
The Sustainability Incubator
ThisFish Inc.
Trygg Mat Tracking
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
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U.S. Navy
U.S. Trade Representative
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
University of Alabama-Birmingham
URI Coastal Resources Center
USAID Center for Innovation and Impact
USAID Wildlife Asia
Various foundations and donors
Various partners
Walton Family Foundation
Western Central Atlantic Fishery Commission (WECAFC)
Whole Foods
Wildlife Conservation Society
World Animal Protection
World Bank
World Ocean Council WOC
World Resources Institute (WRI)
World Wildlife Fund

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Obangame Express 2018: Ghana

NOAA Office of Law Enforcement agents provided two days of instruction on best practices in fisheries evidence collection and a practical exercise on fisheries evidence collection at the Sekondi Naval Base, Ghana.

Sustainable Ocean Fund

The Sustainable Ocean Fund provides private debt investments in sustainable fisheries, supply chain improvement and marine conservation.

Seafood Alliance for Legality and Traceability (SALT)

SALT is a global alliance for knowledge exchange and action to promote legal and sustainable fisheries through improved transparency in seafood supply chains.

Combating Forced Labor and Human Trafficking on Fishing Vessels in the Asia-Pacific Region

The objective of the project is to reduce forced labor and human trafficking on fishing vessels in the Asia-Pacific region.

Supporting Nature and People – Partnership for Enduring Resources (SNAPPER)

The SNAPPER project aims to enhance sustainability and profitability of deep-slope capture fisheries in Indonesia, through effective collaboration between companies, communities and government agencies.

Building Technology Vendor Capacity

Working with Seafood Traceability technology companies to determine their needs to grow the industry, and improve education and awareness of their services within the global seafood industry. The Trade Associated for Seafood Traceability Technology (TASTT) has been informally created. Formalization and growth of the trade association beyond founding members will be complete by July 2018.

Global Catch Documentation and Traceability (CDT) Architecture

Creation of a technology architecture to facilitate accessible and affordable interoperability of data technology throughout a supply chain in order to allow for full chain traceability of seafood products.

Seafood Industry Traceability Toolkit

A series of tools and resources that will help seafood industry businesses determine their traceability needs and the first steps on how to begin implementing traceability internally and in their supply chains.

Traceability to verify Keshken Indigenous certification

A project to use ThisFish's traceability platform to verify the Indigenous certification Keshken on seafood products.

Tally-O: Improving internal traceability through digitization in small-scale processors

A project to develop open-source beta software to enable seafood processing companies to improve their internal traceability and production data recording through software called Tally-O.

Improving Fisheries Information and Traceability for Tuna

A project to implement consumer-facing traceability on artisanal handline tuna from Indonesia.

Traceability in Brazil's Mangrove Crab Fishery

A project to improve the handling and traceability of mangrove crab from artisanal fishermen in Brazil's RESEX

Integrating Traceability into a Commercial Fish Auction

A project that integrates the warehousing and auction software of the Portland Fish Exchange with ThisFish's seafood traceability platform.

Juan Fernandez Rock Lobster Traceability Project

A project to set up electronic traceability from boat to plate with some 64 artisanal rock lobster fishermen in Chile.

Labor Safe Screen

Food companies can help advance decent working conditions in fishing and aquaculture by screening seafood products to learn the actual working conditions producers take on.

Development of a globally recognized framework to evaluate tropical small scale fisheries against environmental sustainability standards

Building and investment in sustainable small scale fisheries in Indonesia and the Philippines.

International Pole & Line Foundation Programs

The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) works to develop, support and promote socially and environmentally responsible coastal tuna fisheries around the world through on-the-water fisheries improvement, enhanced traceability, advocacy for science-based management, and market engagement.

FishWise Anti-IUU Activities

FishWise is a non-profit sustainable seafood consultancy that promotes the health and recovery of ocean ecosystems by providing innovative market-based tools to the seafood industry. FishWise works with seafood companies to improve the sustainability and traceability of their seafood supply chains, as a means to combat IUU fishing and improve human and labor rights throughout the sector.

Leveraging markets to support sustainably managed fisheries

EDF works with seafood industry leaders and other stakeholders to support fisheries that are managed sustainably to ensure both ecological and economic success for the fishery.

Sustainable Fisheries Toolkit - Training and Tools to Strengthen Capacity for Sustainable Fisheries Management

EDF Oceans empowers people around the world—in 12 geographies that make up 62% of global catch—to manage fisheries sustainably. We equip individuals, institutions and communities with what’s needed to overcome challenges and contribute towards more fish in the water, more food on the plate, and more prosperous communities.

Securing Marine Tenure in Small-scale Fisheries

USAID carries out research on land and marine tenure to support programs on fisheries and coastal management.

Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge (WCTC)

The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge rewards innovative science and technology solutions that tackle specific wildlife trafficking issues.

USAID Global Development Alliance with Rare and Bloomberg

USAID Philippines and Rare, with partners Bloomberg Philanthropies, Pinoy Micro-Enterprise Foundation and Encourage Capital, established a Global Development Alliance to expand the use of managed access to strengthen small-scale fisheries.

Collaborative Management for a Sustainable Fisheries Future (COMFISH)

COMFISH promoted sustainable fisheries co-management and supported the government of Senegal’s efforts to reform its fisheries sector.

5th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop

5th Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (GFETW) Practitioner level training and briefings

Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing with Ocean Science and Technology

Concept statement for a collaborative pilot project to address IUU fishing.

ISSF Anti-IUU Activities

ISSF’s work is directly related to all three Strategies to combat IUU: Industry and Market Incentives, Transparency and Fisheries management Strategies. Our annual report—Best Practices, Better Solutions—outlines the organization’s goals and achievements in 2016 and highlights ISSF’s ongoing commitment to the continuous improvement of global tuna fisheries through science, collaboration, and advocacy, including on IUU activities.

Obangame Express 2017: Ghana

NOAA Office of Law Enforcement agents provided two days of instruction on best practices in fisheries evidence collection and a practical exercise on fisheries evidence collection at the Sekondi Naval Base, Ghana.

U.S. Coast Guard Fisheries Enforcement Shiprider Operations

The U.S. Coast Guard regularly exercises 16 bilateral fisheries law enforcement shiprider agreements with countries in the Eastern Pacific and in West Africa. These agreements enable U.S. government vessels and U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement personnel to help host nation law enforcement personnel better exercise their authority. Shiprider agreements help close global maritime law enforcement gaps; improve cooperation, coordination, and interoperability; and build maritime law enforcement capacity to more effectively combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and other illegal activity. The adoption of shiprider agreements between other countries and in other regions could help strengthen global maritime law enforcement efforts.

U.S. Coast Guard IUU Fishing Enforcement-Related Capacity Building Training

The U.S. Coast Guard conducts international capacity building training that has varying degrees of applicability to IUU fishing enforcement. Trainings provided by the U.S. Coast Guard that are related to IUU fishing enforcement fall within three broad categories: general maritime law enforcement, small boat operations, and professional military education. Information regarding the capacity building training carried out by the U.S. Coast Guard can be found in the annual Foreign Military Training Joint Reports to Congress.

Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program (CMBP)

The USAID/Caribbean regional mission's Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Program (CMBP) seeks to reduce threats to marine-coastal biodiversity in order to achieve sustained biodiversity conservation, maintain critical ecosystem services and realize tangible improvements in human well-being for communities adjacent to marine managed areas.

Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP)

USAID/Ghana's Sustainable Fisheries Management Project (SFMP) aims to rebuild targeted marine fish stocks that have seen major declines in landings over the last decade, particularly small pelagic fisheries that are important for food security and are the mainstay of the small-scale fishing sector.

CITES Implementation and Enforcement Training

Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Implementation and CITES Enforcement Training for Management Authority (Scientific and Permit Management) and Customs Officers (Enforcement Authorities) from West African Region (Francophone) Nations: Cabo Verde, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.

The Fourth Global Fisheries Enforcement Training Workshop (GFETW)

Fisheries Practitioner level training and briefings held in San José, Costa Rica. The GFETW series are trademark events of the International MCS Network.

Improved Governance through Legal and Enforcement Capacity Building

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration, Office of General Counsel and Office of Law Enforcement provide a number of legal and enforcement trainings and workshops focused on the general foundation and understanding of the legal tools available to monitor and enforce fisheries regulations.

Fisheries Legal and Enforcement Training

This regional training workshop focused on strengthening fisheries enforcement in West Africa through legal institutions.

Civil-Military Approaches to Maritime Security: Africa Regional Course

The Center for Civil-Military Relations (CCMR) offers a two-week custom-designed Expanded International Education and Training (IMET) and Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP) course entitled "Civil-Military Approaches to Maritime Security."

Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH-BD)

USAID/Bangladesh's Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH-BD) project combats coastal/estuarine illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and strengthens the ability of local communities, especially women, to extract maximum benefit from coastal environments.

Sustainable Ecosystems Achieved (SEA)

USAID/Indonesia's Sustainable Ecosystems Achieved (SEA) project is demonstrating ecosystem-based approaches to fisheries management at local to national scales.

Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (ECOFISH)

The USAID/Philippines Ecosystems Improved for Sustainable Fisheries (ECOFISH) project uses an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management to achieve social, economic and ecological sustainability and combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (OCEANS)

The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (OCEANS) between USAID, the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center and the Coral Triangle Initiative for Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security works to strengthen regional cooperation to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, promote sustainable fisheries and conserve marine biodiversity in the Asia-Pacific region.

Implementation of APFIC Trawl Fishery Guidelines

Support implementation of APFIC's Trawl Fishery Guidelines through subject matter exchange.
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