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Indonesia To Host Pole-And-Line Conference Indonesia, December 17, 12

Indonesia is claiming to be the “world’s biggest tuna fishing nation,” ahead of its second pole-and-line conference to be held next spring.
The 2nd International Coastal Tuna Business Forum will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia on May 27-29, 2013 and it is expected to gather the commercial fishing and processing sectors, along with tuna brands and retailers. Organized by Indonesia’s Ministry for Regional Development (KPDT), the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) and the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), the workshop will also be attended by other government officials from the industry, trade, economics and public works sectors.
The conference will assess the potential economic and social benefits of supporting the country’s pole-and-line and hand-line fishery, a traditional industry that the country sees as an “opportunity to exploit the unprecedented international demand for sustainably-managed pole-and-line and hand-line-caught tuna.”
KPDT is working to increase its activities in the fishery sector and plans to support coastal communities that depend on the tuna fishery.

“Pole-and-line and hand-line fishing are the most environmentally and socially desirable methods of catching tuna. Therefore, the Ministry is willing to support economic development through Public Private Partnerships (PPPs), offering community grants to upgrade infrastructure in order to accelerate the sustainable development of the fishery,” said Ir. H. A. Helmy Faisal Zaini, KPDT Minister.

Ir. H.A. Hemy Faisal Zaini, KPDT Minister