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Final Countdown For The Biggest Tuna Gathering In The Pacific Solomon Islands, September 4, 13


Preparations for the largest tuna business meeting in the region, the Pacific Tuna Forum 2013, is on full steam ahead with about the 250 available seats almost fully booked. Scheduled to be officiated by the Honorable Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, the fourth Forum will be held from 18-19 September, 2013 at the Forum Fisheries Agency’s (FFA) conference centre in Honiara. The largest delegation from Papua New Guinea, the hub of the tuna industry in WCPO, is expected to arrive earlier in Honiara using a charter flight, while the rest of the delegates come from all over the world including Asia-Pacific, Europe, North and South America.

In addition to the keynote addresses to be delivered by Phil Roberts, Managing Director of Tri-Marine International Singapore, and Francisco Tiu Laurel Jr., President of Frabelle Fishing Corporation, Philippines, some 30 interesting topics will be presented by major tuna industry players in the region as well as renowned speakers from international and regional organizations including from FFA, SPC, WCPFC and also tuna industry associations.

Mr. Laurel Jr., in his keynote address will review the issues of competitiveness of the Pacific island tuna industry based on his experiences in doing business in the region while Dr. Shelton Harley, a scientist from SPC, posts a challenging question if the region can continue supplying 2.5 million tons of tuna annually to the global market. More focus will also be given to sustainable and eco-labeling issues as the free school skipjack from PNA countries have been certified by MSC, but still struggling to meet demand from the international market.

Tuna market and trade reviews will discuss latest trends in Europe, Asia, Japan, USA and emerging markets in Latin America. Dario Chemerinski from Costa d Oro SpA Italia/Brazil will specifically look at the “3G” countries as emerging markets for tuna products. Major eco-labeling schemes, market access issues for tuna products from the Pacific in major markets and also technical topics will also be discussed during the Forum.

Infofish is calling for tuna industry players who are eyeing the Western and Central Pacific region to extend their business and look forward to investment opportunities by participating at the PTF 2013. Limited seats are still available for grabs.