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National Fisheries Authority recognises significance of Pacific Tuna Forum

The PNG National Fisheries Authority recognises the importance of the Pacific Tuna Forum as a platform for dialogue on latest Fisheries management initiatives and approaches of the Regional Fisheries Management Organisation, Pacific Islands regional organisation and Pacific Island Countries.

National Fisheries Authority (NFA) Managing director Justin Ilakini said the significance of the Forum will ensure the sustainable management of tuna and other highly migratory and straddling fish stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean on the latest trends in Tuna
markets and trade in tuna investments and related developments.

“The Pacific Island countries value the importance of maintaining dialogue as can be seen by the numerous regional fisheries conference especially the Tuna management related meetings that are held each year in the region.

These dialogue or meetings have assisted countries in the region to come together and develop common positions and strategies to ensure the sustainable management of Tuna in our region,” Mr Ilakini said.

He said Tuna development or investment have however not been given the same level of priority and it is therefore pleasing to see the number of Pacific Island countries Fisheries ministers and senior government officials represented at the 8th Pacific Tuna Forum.

“We hope that the presentations and discussions that will be held over the two days will contribute to putting sustainable Tuna development and investments issues front and centre for governments, industry and associated stakeholders throughout the Pacific island region.

The sharing of quality and useful information in the Tuna forum will contribute towards enabling our region to evolve from only focusing on sustainable Tuna management to embrace opportunities in investments to achieve a greater retention of the market value of the billion dollar tuna sector to remain within the Pacific islands region,” Mr Ilakini added.