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USAID Partners with Monterey Bay Aquarium to Combat Illegal Fishing and Promote Sustainable Fisheries in Southeast Asia

by Christin VanZant last modified Aug 30, 2017 01:03 AM
Contributors: USAID
Monterey, CA - The U.S. Agency for International Development Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) and California-based Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch® launched a partnership to improve the traceability of seafood products entering the North American market. The partnership's goal is to increase sustainable fisheries management in the Asia-Pacific region, the world's largest seafood exporter and home to rich marine ecosystems.

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Together, USAID Oceans and Monterey Bay Aquarium will leverage Seafood Watch's partnerships with seafood buyers in North America and with fisheries companies and organizations in the Asia-Pacific region, to better manage fisheries and to ensure that fisheries products are legally caught, processed, and distributed according to the highest standards of environmental sustainability and labor standards. The partnership will support scaling up a digital documentation and traceability system in seafood supply chains; strengthen Seafood Watch's engagement with industry associations, fisheries, and NGOs in Southeast Asia; and provide solutions and recommendations on traceability and sustainable fisheries for North American businesses regarding responsible seafood sourcing and purchasing.

 

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