Tetra Tech is working with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on their Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (Oceans) project to reduce illegal fishing and improve sustainability in Southeast Asia.

As the world’s epicenter of marine biodiversity, Southeast Asia is a major exporter of seafood to the rest of the world. The growing concern over illegal fishing and sustainability caused strain for the livelihood of fishing communities in this region.

Together we developed the electronic Catch Documentation and Traceability (eCDT) system to track the fishing process from bait to plate. The eCDT system has traced more than 2,000 metric tons of fish and improved the management of more than 100 million hectares of these ecosystems. Additionally, USAID Oceans is training women to implement traceability, helping to bridge the gender gap in a traditionally male-dominated industry and improve livelihoods for women.