USAID part­ners with PH firm to pro­mote sus­tain­able fish­eries

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SARANGANI PROVINCE — The United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment (USAID) launched a new part­ner­ship with Manila-based Fu­tur­is­tic Avi­a­tion and Mar­itime En­ter­prise, Inc. (FAME) to pro­mote sus­tain­able fish­eries and boost liveli­hoods in south­ern Min­danao. To­gether with FAME, USAID will be­gin in­stalling transpon­ders on the ves­sels of over two dozen small-scale fish­ers from the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of Glan, Ki­amba, and Maasim in Sarangani province. This tech­nol­ogy will en­able fish­ers to trace and doc­u­ment their catch us­ing a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion – mea­sures that make them com­pli­ant with na­tional and in­ter­na­tional mar­ket re­quire­ments for en­sur­ing that con­sumers re­ceive le­gal, eco-friendly, prop­erly la­beled seafood prod­ucts. Com­ply­ing with th­ese stan­dards will al­low the fish­ers to reach new mar­kets and earn more money. The project, which is man­aged by USAID’s Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Mis­sion for Asia (RDMA) in Bangkok, Thai­land, will also pro­mote fish­ers’ safety by pro­vid­ing con­nec­tiv­ity while at sea, al­low­ing fish­ers to bet­ter com­mu­ni­cate back to the shore and per­mit­ting fish­ers’ fam­i­lies to track their lo­ca­tions in real time. This tech­nol­ogy is out of reach for most ves­sels due to high costs and lim­ited con­nec­tiv­ity.

“We are pleased to part­ner with in­no­va­tive, en­tre­pre­neur­ial, and home­grown com­pa­nies like FAME that are meet­ing the needs of fish­eries man­agers while also pro­mot­ing pros­per­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity in the in­ter­na­tional seafood trade,” said Richard Gough­nour, Direc­tor of USAID RDMA Bangkok.

FAME is a pri­vate, Philip­pine-based com­pany and a lead­ing provider of small-scale ves­sel track­ers and mon­i­tors in the coun­try. FAME’s tech­nol­ogy is de­signed to in­crease the safety of air and sea travel with tech­nol­ogy that is com­pact, low-cost, and eas­ily de­ploy­able.

“For many years, ves­sel track­ing tech­nol­ogy has had nu­mer­ous ben­e­fits for gov­ern­ments and non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions, with far fewer di­rect and tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits for fish­ers them­selves. FAME has worked hard to in­cor­po­rate fea­tures into our transpon­ders that ben­e­fit the fish­ers who use them,” said Arce­lio Fe­ti­zana, CEO of FAME.

USAID is im­ple­ment­ing this project through its five-year, R1.04 bil­lion ($20 mil­lion) USAID Oceans project, which, in part­ner­ship with the South­east Asian Fish­eries De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter, pro­motes sus­tain­able fish­eries, com­bats il­le­gal, un­re­ported, and un­reg­u­lated fish­ing, and con­serves marine bio­di­ver­sity in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion. This ini­tia­tive in the Philip­pines is part of the project’s broader work to de­velop and test new tech­nol­ogy that can ben­e­fit fish­ers through­out South­east Asia, where marine ecosys­tems pro­vide food and in­come to more than 200 mil­lion peo­ple.

Oceans photo) (USAID

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the United States Agency for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment’s Oceans project and Fu­tur­is­tic Avi­a­tion and Mar­itime En­ter­prise, Inc. in­stall transpon­ders on a small-scale ves­sel out­side of Gen­eral San­tos City.

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