‘Sustainability, Environment and Eco-labelling’ was the theme for Session IV of the Tuna Trade Conference. Chaired by Mr Audun Lem, Deputy Director, Policy and Economics Division, FAO, the afternoon was enlivened with presentations by Dr Darian McBain, Director of Sustainable Development, Thai Union Group PLC (Thailand); Ms Ingrid Giskes, Global Head of Campaign , World Animal Protection/Chair of Global Ghost Gear Initiative (Australia); Mr Gavin Bailey, Director of Responsible Sourcing, Walmart (USA); and Mr Matthew Owens, Director of Sustainability, Tri Marine Management Company LLC (USA).
Dr McBain (“Staying ahead with sustainability : Thai Union’s Development of Fishing Vessels Improvement Programme and Vessel Code of Conduct”) presented an interesting case study on the company’s use of digital technology for traceability and as a means of having the voices of workers heard.
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. 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”.
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.
VIET NAM : In the first four months of the year, Vietnamese aquaculture production increased 6 per cent in volume compared to the same period in 2017, to 1 million tonnes, according to the Directorate of Fisheries under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).