3rd annual Tuna Forum – Fishupdate.com

3rd annual Tuna Forum Published:  20 March, 2014

ON 19 and 20 May 2014, Indonesia’s commercial fishing and processing sectors will meet with leading international tuna brands, retailers, government officials and other stakeholders to evaluate the opportunities for the country’s pole and line and handline fishery.

The free-registration event, which is being held immediately before the INFOFISH TUNA 2014 conference and exhibition, is organised by Indonesia’s Ministry for Regional Development (KPDT), the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) and the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF).

Moreover, it gathers support from the Indonesian handline and pole and line industries as well as NGOs (including WWF).

The Republic of Indonesia’s Director General for Fisheries Product Processing and Marketing at MMAF, Hon. Saut Hutagalung comments: ‘We are delighted to be co-hosting the 3rd International Coastal Tuna Business Forum.

‘Because Indonesia is a large archipelagic nation, coastal tuna fisheries are pivotal in supporting coastal economic development, creating employment in the catching sector, onshore processing, as well as many thousands of jobs indirectly.

‘What is more, both pole and line and hand line are considered environmentally responsible ways to fish.’ Indeed, Indonesia is the world’s biggest tuna fishing nation.

Indonesia’s government believes that supporting the development of sustainable pole and line (known locally as “huhate”) and handline tuna fisheries is of significant benefit to the country’s economy and has made it a priority to enhance activities in the sector.

It has therefore initiated a number of projects to support disadvantaged coastal communities that depend on the tuna fishery. For example, last year’s forum confirmed there was a need for a task force to drive the development of the country’s coastal tuna fisheries.

As a result, the new Asosiasi Perikan Pole and Line dan Handline Indonesia (AP2HI) association was created, as was a new forum for pole and line development in the Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) province. The AP2HI is a co-supporter of this year’s event.

IPNLF Chairman, John Burton, comments: ‘A carefully managed pole and line and handline tuna fishery can be of invaluable benefit to Indonesia’s coastal communities, particularly in disadvantaged regions.

‘The third forum will build on two very successful preceding meetings by assessing the economic, ecological and social benefits in supporting the country’s coastal tuna fisheries.

‘This traditional industry finds itself presented with a unique opportunity to make the most of the unprecedented international demand for pole and line and handline caught tuna. 

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