The SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) in collaboration with The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) organized “The Second Technical Group Planning Workshop ” under the project of the Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Ocean) from 12 to 14 July 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Workshop aims to take stock of the past year and to discuss activities to be conducted in Fiscal Year 2017 (Program Year 3) with the involvement of TWG members from both learning sites in Philippines and Indonesia including expansion sites. In addition, learning sessions were conducted to share approaches used related to fisheries appraisal, value chain analysis, development of Catch Documentation and Traceability System (CDT), and gender and labor analyses at the learning sites during the past year. At the end, the Workshop came up with the draft USAID Oceans Year 3 work plan aligned with country specific tasks and related work plans of partner organizations including work plan for expansion sites.

The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) is collaboration project between SEAFDEC and USAID for five-years activity working to strengthen regional cooperation to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing and conserve marine biodiversity in the Asia-Pacific region. USAID Oceans will improve integrated and sustainable fisheries management, focusing on priority species that are vital for food security and economic growth and under threat from IUU fishing and seafood fraud. The activity supports U.S. and regional efforts in Asia and the Pacific to promote sustainable fishing practices and combat fraud and the sale of fisheries products from IUU fishing. The Sub-purpose is to improve fisheries management standards through integration of conservation and fisheries management in at least eight (8) countries in the Asia Pacific region by 2020.