The 15th INFOFISH World Tuna Trade Conference and Exhibition started today (28th May) in Bangkok at the Shangri-La hotel. You could almost see the excitement and buzz in the air as close to 600 participants, including a stellar list of speakers, greeted each other, exchanged business cards, and toured the exhibition. It seemed like almost all of the industry from all corners of the globe was represented, from harvesting through processing and marketing of tuna, as well as manufacturers and suppliers of every conceivable bit of equipment one could think of.
The Conference started with a small procession of dignitaries led into the Ballroom by children dressed in Thai royal court regalia, each one resplendent in silk and sash.
Ms Shirlene Maria Anthonysamy, Acting Director of INFOFISH then welcomed dignitaries and participants to the event and presented an overview of the theme (“Braving Challenges: Towards a Traceable and Sustainable Tuna Industry”) and the topics in the sessions ahead. Thanking participants for their presence, and the co-organising partners and sponsors for their support in making this important Conference a reality, she said that INFOFISH has the honour to provide a platform for the industry and that “this Tuna Trade Conference and Exhibition belongs to you, the industry”.