TUNA 2018: 2nd Day (Session III: Global and Regional Tuna Trade and Markets)

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Session III: Global and Regional Tuna Trade and Markets

In contrast to Session I yesterday which focused on sustainability, traceability and stock management, this morning it was time for the traders and marketers to say their piece on the status of international markets, imports and exports, present and predicted consumer trends, etc. To set the stage for further examination of international market access, the morning’s presentations were mainly overviews of the international markets by country and region. 

Mr Dave Melbourne, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility, Bumble Bee Foods (USA), (who was also the Chair of the Session) started with an overview of the US tuna market updates. Sales of frozen tuna in the US have doubled since 2011, and shelf stable seafood accounted for US$2.6 billion in sales over the last 52 weeks. Purchasers tend to be urban, mid to high income young adults (particularly millennials), and suburban small families which have driven sales of pouched tuna, sardine and ready to eat kits (currently they’re the smallest segments but also the fastest growing especially if you look at household consumption). 

The 15th INFOFISH World Tuna Trade Conference and Exhibition started today (28th May) in Bangkok at the Shangri-La hotel

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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”.


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Most models to assess tuna populations have been largely based on catch report data notwithstanding the fact that climate change also affects the stock and its location. With a new method developed by scientists at Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS), working with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), it is now possible to forecast changes in stocks as well as simulate fishing effort scenarios based on the latest climate and oceanography data. This article explains how, using the method, the impact of global warming on tuna can be predicted, and asserts that some tuna species can adapt to climate change provided fishing efforts are kept within sustainable levels.

Project launched to promote integrated fisheries management in Ecuador and Peru

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PERU : This week the implementation of the international cooperation project "Coastal Fisheries Initiative (CFI) in Latin America" was launched, with an impact on Piura and Tumbes on the Peruvian side, and on the coastal south of Ecuador.
This project is intended to show holistic processes and promote more integrated approaches for the management and use of coastal fisheries in an inclusive manner, informed the Regional Government of Piura.

Asia-Pacific commission to intensify efforts and ensure fisheries and aquaculture sustainability

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PHILIPPINES: Members of the Asia-Pacific Fisheries Commission (APFIC) have expressed their intention to ensure that fisheries and aquaculture are managed in a responsible and sustainable manner by focusing on resilience and sustainable blue growth.
The announcement was made by the commission in the framework of its 35th Session, which has convened in Cebu, the Philippines.
As a region, Asia and the Pacific currently contributes over 55 per cent of global capture fisheries and 90 per cent of its aquaculture.

Singaporean aquaculture firm to farm barramundi offshore in Brunei

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BRUNEI DARUSSALAM: Singaporean fish farming firm Barramundi Asia plans to invest BND 300 million (USD 223.8 million) to rear barramundi, or Asian sea bass, in large cages in Brunei’s open seas, with technology that has been adopted in Norway for salmon farming.
The firm has signed a deal with the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT) of Brunei formalising their intention to invest and develop an area of 6,613 hectares at Nankivell Offshore Aquaculture Site, establish a hatchery and a fish nursery capable of supplying high-quality sea bass juveniles to offshore fish cages, as well as establish a processing plant.

Maldivian pole-and-line fishermen join IPNLF

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MALDIVES : A new fisheries association based on Gemanafushi, an island in the Maldives, has joined non-profit association International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) so as to support its goal to create awareness in the local community and encourage younger generations to become part of a sustainable pole-and-line industry.

Consultation for indonesia's pivotal tuna management plan to be initiated in Bali

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INDONESIA: Attendees at this year’s 3rd Bali Tuna Conference (BTC) and 6th International Coastal Tuna Business Forum (ICTBF) events will be the first stakeholders to learn specific details of the harvest strategy for tropical tuna in archipelagic waters. Developed by the Indonesian authorities, this much-awaited policy is a vital component in the implementation of sustainable fisheries management. These consecutive, top-level events will provide the ideal platform for delegates to help influence its delivery.

Andalusia opens second call for aid for aquaculture projects

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SPAIN: The Undersecretariat of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development of the autonomous government of Andalusia has opened this year a second call for aid to support marine aquaculture projects in Andalusia.
The new order places, in competitive bidding system, EUR 9.3 million at the service of the sustainable development of this activity, for which a line endowed with EUR 10.6 million was already articulated at the beginning of the year (and until February 15).

New tuna factory to start operations in Vila Nova de Cerveira PORTUGAL

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A new tuna processing factory that is being built in Vila Nova de Cerveira, in the north of Portugal, with an investment of EUR 6 million from Galician businesspeople, would start operating in July.
According to the promoters of the project, the construction work is progressing at a good pace in the Fulão industrial park so they expect the plant to start working as scheduled, reported Rádio Alto Minho.

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