The SEAFDEC and USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership project (USAID Oceans) are working together on strengthening regional cooperation to promote sustainable fisheries across Southeast Asia’ s diverse marine ecosystem. In this regard, the Technical Working Group (TWG) from SEAFDEC Training Department (TD) participated in the “Seafood Watch Standard and Assessment Methodology Workshop” organized by the Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) in collaboration with Monterey Bay Aquarium/ Seafood Watch (SFW), Fisheries Resources Directorate, Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF), and partners, from 13 to 14 February 2018 in Manado, Indonesia. The two (2)-day Workshop aimed to: link Seafood Watch standards and human rights; increase awareness and capacity of key fishery manager, industry stakeholders and government to use Sea food Watch assessment methodology and improvement tools to better manage their fisheries; and discuss on improvement plans between industry and government to meet the Seafood Watch “Best Choice” and “Good Alternative” bars.
A total of 47 participants who are stakeholders and representatives from the Public Private Partnership (PPP) attended the Workshop, which came up with understanding on the procedure of assessment methodology and the slavery risk tool to support the implementation of Catch Documentation Traceability (CDT), EAFM activities and Human Welfare activities in demonstration and extension sites.Seafood Watch (SFW) program is part of the Monterey Bay Aquarium as a nonprofit organization to inspire conservation of the oceans. SFW program empowers consumers and businesses to choose seafood fished or farmed, using responsible methods that protect sea life and habitats, now and for the future generations. SWF widely recognizes and respects science-based recommendations, indicating which seafood items are considered Best Choice or Good Alternative, and which ones to avoid.