Tuna industry development boost declared as having national interest

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PERU : The Executive on Sunday enacted the Law that Declares the Tuna Industry Development Boost as having National Interest, through the publication of the respective regulation in the official newspaper El Peruano.

In its unique article, Law 30788 states that "the boost to develop the tuna industry in the country is declared as having national interest, both in its catch phase, defined on the basis of sustainable quota, and processing."

Shrimp production could grow by 10pct in India, FAO

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INDIA :Indian shrimp production could increase by 10 per cent in 2018, provided the climate does not create major problems, according to a report by Globefish, a division of Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
The document outlines that Indian shrimp exports to the United States rose by 39 per cent and reached 214,400 tonnes in 2017, which it attributes to the decrease in anti-dumping tariffs on the resource imported from India and its increased market acceptance.


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The 15th INFOFISH World Tuna Trade Conference & Exhibition ended on a high note on the 30th of May, thanks to the magnificent support from participants (almost 600 representing all regions), exhibitors, world-class speakers, collaborating partners and sponsors.

 In bringing the World Tuna Trade Conference to a close, the Conference Chair Dr Transform Aqorau summarized the deliberations and themes that had been brought to the fore over the past three days. Underpinning all the discussions, he said, was the key concept of sustainability both above and below the water level. Innovation was another main idea that had cropped up over and over again, including innovation in markets, products, and harvesting. The development of partnerships was the third main pillar that has emerged in the Conference and in the next 5 to 10 years, these partnerships will affect a change in behaviour.

TUNA 2018: 3rd Day (Session V: Recent Innovations And Trends In Technology For The Tuna Industry)

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Chaired by Dr Darian McBain, Global Director of Sustainable Development, Thai Union Group  PCL (Thailand), this Session was entitled “Sustainability, Enboironmeht and Eco-labelling in the Tuna Industry’.

At-sea monitoring, a rapidly expanding  field where the latest innovations are taking place, was covered  by Mr Faustino Velasco, CEO of Satlink (Spain),  Mr Thue Barfod, Global Head of the Fish & Seafood Cargo Segment (Maersk Hong Kong) , and Mr Les Shortall, Market Development Manager , Inmarsat Maritime (UK). 

Satlink’s Sea Tube system and Machine Learning feature is able to estimate catches on purse seine and longline vessels, geofencing, as well as electronic monitoring of FAD activities, structures and materials. Conditions on-board are also able to be monitored, which aids in preventing human rights abuses at sea. Mr Velasco ended by stating the importance of cross-sectoral collaboration: technology + science+ industry.

Bangkok tuna market holds breath as skipjack prices set to fall for June deliveries

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Thailand: According to tuna sector sources at Thaifex and the Infofish Tuna 2018 conference, Bangkok skipjack prices are set to come down for June deliveries.
Big packers and traders have not yet agreed on a final level for June, but several sources said the price will come down.
Aware of the bearish trend, many buyers are awaiting to sign contracts, hoping to be able to save an additional $20-50 per metric tons or perhaps more on the purchase price, sources told Undercurrent News.

Long-term tuna industry sustainability becomes a priority for Ecuador

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ECUADOR : Ecuador has concentrated efforts on ensuring the long-term sustainability of the tuna industry, which is why the policies and actions developed by public and private sectors aim to achieve a healthy balance between sector growth and the preservation of the resource.
This was stated by the Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Katuska Drouet, in Bangkok, as part of the 15th Infofish 2018 World Tuna Conference and Exhibition taking place in the capital of Thailand.

TUNA 2018: 2nd Day (Session IV ‘Sustainability, Environment and Eco-labelling’)

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Session IV

‘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.

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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