Learn about the latest developments in electronic catch documentation and traceability (CDT) systems for sustainable fisheries.
- What is CDT and why now?
- How CDT works
- Emerging business models and investment opportunities for CDT
The USAID Oceans Project supports the development of a transparent and financially sustainable electronic catch documentation and traceability (CDT) system, to help ensure that fisheries resources from Southeast Asia are legally caught and properly labeled. The electronic CDT system will encourage the collection and analysis of ecological and economic data related to seafood products throughout the supply chain, traceable from point-of-harvest to seafood importer retail. While CDT cannot replace national enforcement needs for effective fisheries monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS), CDT remains one of the most valuable and comprehensive methods for collecting fisheries statistics that can be gathered at a reasonable cost. Catch documentation at point-of-harvest can also be valuable for stock assessment purposes and marine spatial planning efforts.