Attend the 4th International Coastal Tuna Business Forum, 26-27th May 2015 in Bali!

We are pleased to announce that registration for the International Coastal Tuna Business Forum 4 is now open!
John Burton (IPNLF Chairman), Dr Mohamed Shainee (Maldives Minster of Fisheries and Agriculture), Saut Hutagalung (Director General for Fisheries Product Processing and Marketing, MMAF, Indoneisa)

We are pleased to announce that registration for the International Coastal Tuna Business Forum 4 is now open! Register your attendance via Eventbrite here.

Indonesia’s fourth annual International Coastal Tuna Business Forum (ICTBF) will be held 26-27 May 2015 at the Nusa Dua Convention Centre in Bali. Supported by the International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), Ministry for Marine Affairs and Fisheries Indonesia and Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline Indonesia, the event will bring together representatives from all stages of the supply chain, government officials, scientists and other stakeholders looking to bring a sustainable future for the country’s tuna fisheries. Among the discussions, delegates will hear about important commercial topics such as international market opportunities and access requirements, as well as updates from fishery improvement projects (FIPs) and updates following the completion of the new National Tuna Management Plan (NTMP). They will also learn how a raft of new policies, supported by the nation’s new president and fisheries minister, will aim to protect and revitalize all of its fisheries. This year’s theme is a New Horizon for Sustainable Tuna Fisheries.  You can read the proposed agenda here [coming soon].

You can read more about the importance of the International Coastal Tuna Business Forum to Indonesia in this interview with Pak Saut Hutagalung, Director General for Fisheries Product Processing and Marketing.

Why attend ICTBF 4?

Tuna is considered one of the most important food sources globally, providing an important source of protein for many people. Due to its health benefits and its use as many people’s sole source of protein, the international demand for tuna is rising. Due to this increased demand in responsibly sourced tuna, the industry is being presented with a number of big challenges for the future.

In 2012, a new record was set for catches of tuna and tuna-like species, reaching 7 million tonnes caught. Since 2000, seven key species have consistently accounted for about 90% of the total tuna catch. Furthermore, catches of small tunas such as skipjack, frigate and bullet tunas, seer fishes (Scomberomorus spp.) and albacore have grown significantly. In 2012, catches of Yellowfin exceeded their 2000 level after fluctuating, while Bigeye had the only decreasing trend with catches down by 5% (FAO, 2014). Global tuna utilisation faces many complex problems, including but not limited to issues of availability. One-third of tuna stocks were estimated as fished at biologically unsustainable levels, while 66.7% were fished within biologically sustainable levels (fully fished or underfished) in 2011. It is clear that this is a very important time for the tuna industry to confront issues with supply.

Increased awareness of sustainability issues surrounding tuna fisheries has led the market to demand more from their products, meaning further challenges for both fisheries and the businesses that rely on them. Market-based incentives have encouraged better management of tuna fisheries, and more efforts towards sustainability should be encouraged.

In order to create a new horizon for ensuring the sustainability and inclusiveness of the international tuna supply chain, the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, together with International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF) and the Indonesian Association for Pole & Line and Handline Fisheries (AP2HI, Asosiasi Perikanan Pole & Line dan Handline Indonesia) are hosting the 4th International Coastal Tuna Business Forum and Exhibition (ICTBF) with the theme New Horizon for Sustainable Tuna Fisheries.