BFAR to use new catch documentation system to curb illegal fishing
The Philippine government is set to use a newly-developed electronic catch documentation and traceability (e-CDT) system to address illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing (IUUF).
The e-CDT system will document key information about harvest, processing and transportation of fisheries products to enable traceability from harvest and point of origin to its destination – a process that eliminates the chances of IUU fishing and illegally–caught fish from entering the market.
It is a partnership project of the Department of Agriculture-Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR), the USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) and the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC).
While eCDTS is potentially eyed to curb and eliminate IUUF in the country, its wide-ranging use particularly as a tool in sustainably managing the Philippines’ vast marine and fisheries resources can also be expected.
With the establishment of Fisheries Management Areas (FMA), DA-BFAR sets its sight on scaling up the implementation of eCDTS from the project’s pilot site in General Santos City, adopting most of its components while tailor-fitting the system to the area’s fisheries profile.
Data is keyed into the system and processed into information that can be used to establish management measures not only for fisheries conservation but also for increasing production.