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8th Pacific Tuna forum starts in Port Moresby

The 8th Pacific Tuna Forum 2023 kicks off today at the Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby.

Under the theme “Strengthening tuna sustainability and industry development in the Blue Pacific Continent through increased innovation, partnership and participation” the event is paramount in the world of marine conservation and fisheries management.

The Pacific Tuna Forum (PTF) 2023 gathering is known for it’s profound impact on sustainable management of tuna resources and preserving the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) as the region contributes almost 60 per cent of global tuna harvest.

PTF 2023 is expected to draw international attention as stakeholders come together to address pressing challenges and chart a course for the future of the Tuna industry.

Key themes of the PTF 2023 includes,
– Sustainable Fisheries Management;
– Ecosystem Conservation;
– Climate Resilience;
– Market Access and Trade; and
– Indigenous and Local knowledge.

The PTF 2023 is anticipated to result in various outcomes that will resonate far beyond the event’s conclusion which includes,

– Policy Recommendations;
– Innovative Solutions; and
– Public Awareness.

PNG Deputy Prime Minister John Rosso in his opening remarks said PNG as the initiator of the Pacific Tuna Forum recognises the importance of this forum and will continue to support this biannual conference which caters for greater levels of interactions and dialogue between policy makers, industry players and NGOs at all levels.

Mr Rosso said he is grateful that the Pacific Island countries have gathered in Port Moresby to discuss matters concerning the tuna Fisheries sector under the theme.

“As the world faces for an increasing need for collective action to protect the Pacific Ocean and sustain vital marine resources, the PTF 2023 emerges as a beacon of hope and collaboration.

“The decisions and agreements forged during the event will contribute significantly to the sustainable management of Tuna Fisheries and broader of our oceans,” NFA said.