SEAFDEC organized the Stakeholders Meeting to introduce of the electronic system of the ASEAN Catch Documentation Scheme (eACDS) in Nha Trang City, Viet Nam on 28 October 2017 with support from the Japanese Trust Fund (JTF). Through the efforts of the Deputy Director of Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation of Viet Nam Ms. Nguyen Thi Trang Nhung, representatives from the public and private sectors involved in the fisheries industries and in trading of fish and fishery products representing the 23 provinces of Viet Nam attended the Meeting. The SEAFDEC Deputy Secretary-General Dr. Kaoru Ishii together with SEAFDEC Policy and Program Coordinator and Project Leader of the eACDS Dr. Somboon Siriraksophon, and the Advisor to the Fish Marketing Organization (FMO) of Thailand Mr. Pramuan Rugjai, also attended the Meeting.
The eACDS was developed by SEAFDEC in collaboration with the FMO of Thailand to serve as an effective management tool for enhancing the traceability of marine capture fisheries and preventing the entry of fish and fishery products from IUU fishing activities into the supply chain. The system requires several good practices of Monitoring, Control, Surveillance (MCS) and good governance, as well as several Kay Data Elements (KDEs) in the database modules to enhance the efficiency of eACDS as user friendly. After the Meeting, the representatives from the private sector showed interest in the eACDS implying that it is a possible approach to enhance the traceability system for marine fish and fishery products from Viet Nam, while ensuring that such products do not come from IUU fishing activities.