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2nd European Tuna Conference Brings Hot Topics To Tuna Industry

The European Tuna Conference 2009 has recently announced this year’s complete conference program and topics to be presented by a remarkable expert team of speakers to the tuna industry 

The event will take place on Monday, April 27th at the Sheraton Hotel in Brussels, Belgium.

This year’s Conference could not ignore the challenging financial times the world’s economy is going through and even thought the tuna industry shall not be as affected as other sectors, the Conference will bring Gorjan Nikolik from Rabobank to present “Dynamics and strategic choices in a new environment”.

Mr. Nikolik’s work is focused on the global seafood sector and he often publishes reports that are used as a base for Rabobank to make investment decisions.

Joe Hamby, Managing Director Group of Tri-Marine International is also giving a presentation sharing his views on the “Future of the Global Tuna Industry”, a very hot topic considering the present financial times. Mr. Hamby has been working with Tri-Marine for the past 20 years and is currently based in Singapore.

Given the undeniable link between the future of the tuna industry and the sustainability of the tuna stocks, the EU Tuna Conference 2009 offers panels to discuss: the role of the industry in tuna stocks, the pro and cons of eco certification and how to achieve sustainable tuna.

The president of the recently launched International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), Susan Jackson, will talk about “How will the Tuna Industry Contribute to Sustainability”, which is expected to be a very enriching presentation about an unprecedented action.

The battle between economic and environmental interests will be presented by Sari Tolvanen, Ocean campaigner for Greenpeace International with the topic: “Walking The Talk: Pathway To Sustainable And Equitable Tuna”.

The MSC certification will be on the spotlight through two speakers: Bill Carvalho – President of Wild Planet Foods – and Natalie Webster – Director of American Albacore Fishing Association.

Mr. Carvalho will approach “The Pro’s and Con’s of MSC certification in Daily Business” while Mrs. Webster will share her experiences on “Being the First MSC Approved Tuna Fisheries” presentation.

The full program and speakers information is available online:

The Conference speakers will also focus on tuna market trends and possibilities. In addition, the Conference will hold the European Tuna Awards 2009 in which tuna companies can compete for “Best Tuna TV Commercial”, “Most Innovative Tuna Product” and “Best Tuna Product”.