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30 Well Known Industry Speakers to Talk on Pacific Tuna Investment Opportunities

It’s less than two months to go until the largest tuna industry gathering in the Western and Central Pacific region will kick start again on September 18 and 19. Honiara, Solomon Islands will host the 2013 4th Pacific Tuna Forum.

With over 30 well-known speakers and topics scheduled for the two day conference, organizers have been inundated with registrations that have not only come from the region, but also the U.S., Europe and Asia. Around 300 participants are expected to attend to what is considered to be the most important industry gathering in the Pacific region in 2 years.

The Western and Central Pacific, which accounts for more than half of the global tuna catch has been said to make significant developments since the biannual conference’s last meeting in 2011. Attention has specifically been given to issues of the EU-EPA, the MSC certification of PNA’s free school skipjack, foreign fishing fees and rights, FAD ban and skyrocketing skipjack prices, while foreign investments continue.

The event will see special highlights such as keynote speeches delivered by Phil Roberts, Managing Director of Tri-Marine International, Singapore and also Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr., President of Frabelle Fishing Corp, the Philippines.

Particular focus will be directed towards resources and supply situation as well as investment opportunities in the Pacific, global and regional markets. Market access, eco-labeling schemes and technological investment will also be key topics of discussion.

The Pacific Forum provides an opportunity for those in the tuna industry to meet with the region that is home to the world’s largest tuna resources and tuna processors. Phil Roberts said: “The sustainable management of the fishery, development aspirations of Pacific Island States, evolving global trade regimes and the need to deliver to the consumer the sustainably harvested products they increasingly demand, are just some of the topics that will hold the attention of delegates to the Forum, the event is not to be missed.“