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Responding to the rapidly changing global economic scenario, the tuna
industry has gone through some readjustments and consolidation for the past
decade. Stricter management measures enforced by the Regional Fisheries
Management Organizations (RMFOs), growing popularity of driven market
eco-labels, and positive engagements between industry players and green NGOs
strongly indicate that all stakeholders are working hard toward the same goal -
to ensure the sustainability of tuna resources for a better future for the
Officiated by Dr. Somying Piumsombun, the Director General of the Department of Fisheries, Thailand with special speeches by Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Honorable Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Sri Lanka and Dr. Ibrahim Didi, Honorable Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Maldives, the three-day TUNA 2010 conference, to be held from 13-15 September 2010, will thoroughly address the latest developments and issues in the tuna industry by corporate leaders, marketing and technical experts. Jointly chaired by Christopher Lischewski (President and CEO of Bumble Bee), and Chanintr Chalisarapong (Senior Vice President, Sea Value, Thailand and Chairman, Tuna Processors’ Group, TFPA), the conference will start with a keynote address by Ernest Z. Bower from the Center of Strategic and International Studies (CSIS, USA). He will deliver the keynote address on “The Seven Revolutions”, a thought- provoking presentation that gives an interesting and lively outlook of the future of the world over the next 25-50 years. Mr. Bower is a senior advisor and director of the Southeast Asia Programme, CSIS and he is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts on economics, politics and business.
Meanwhile, 29 well-known key tuna industry leaders from all over the world will address TUNA 2010 on challenges and issues faced by the industry in today’s increasingly competitive and volatile tuna business environment. They will critically evaluate and examine various aspects of the industry, from resources to global market situation with a special focus on sustainability of the industry. The speaker line up would also include representatives of Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs), NGOs, and governmental policy makers. Green NGOs and eco-label certifiers including Greenpeace, WWF, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Friend of the Sea (FOS) and Earth island Institute (EII) are given the opportunity to address the delegates at the conference. The commercial prospect of tuna farming, a long term alternative to ease the pressure on wild tuna resources, will also be discussed at this prestigious conference.
It is interesting to note that the response from the global industry for TUNA 2010 has been very encouraging, although it was postponed due to the unfavorable political condition in Thailand last May. This year’s conference is attended by over 600 delegates from 60 over countries, reflecting the strong optimism among stakeholders for the future of the industry. In conjunction with the conference, an exhibition of over 30 booths will also be held displaying the latest technology, products and services related to the industry. The conference cum exhibition is the 11th in the series of biennial global tuna industry events, jointly organized by INFOFISH and several other international and regional organizations.