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The registration fee will be refunded, less 25%, for cancellations received before 23 April, 2018. No refund can be made for cancellation after 23 April 2018. However, a substitute delegate may attend in place. Refunds will be issued only after the conference.


Theme: Braving Challenges: Towards a Traceable and Sustainable Tuna Industry
28-30 May, 2018
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Chairperson: Dr Transform Aqorau, Legal Consultant - PNA Office, Rakutu, Munda/Noro, New Georgia, Western Province, Solomon Islands

Co-chairperson: Dr. Chanintr Chalisarapong, President, Thai Tuna Industry Association (TTIA), Thailand


Sunday, 27 May, 2018

17.00-21.00 Registration (Grand Ballroom)

Monday, 28 May, 2018 – Day 1

07.30-09.00 Registration (Grand Ballroom)
09.00-10.00 Opening Ceremony (Grand Ballroom)

Welcome address by Shirlene Maria Anthonysamy, Acting Director, INFOFISH, Malaysia

Special address by Transform Aqorau, Legal Consultant, Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) Office, Marshall Islands

Opening address by H.E. Mr. Grisada Boonrach, Minsiter of Agriculture and Cooperatives Thailand

10.00-10.30 Coffee Break/Press Conference

Keynote Address by Luciano Pirovano, Sustainable Development Director, Bolton Food, Italy; Chairman, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), USA

Session I: Global Supply Trends and Sustainability

Dr Transform Aqorau, Legal Consultant - PNA Office, Rakutu, Munda/Noro,New Georgia, Western Province, Solomon Islands

11.00-11.20 Overview on Supply, Stocks and Effectiveness of the Management Measures:
  Working Towards a Global Consensus, Audun Lem, Deputy Director, Policy and Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (FAO), Italy

Efforts towards Sustainable Tuna Industry, Susan Jackson, President, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), USA

Ensuring Sustainable Tuna Stocks and in the Promotion of Sustainable Development to Tuna Industry
  • Anthony Kim, Vice-Chairman, World Tuna Purse Seine Organization (WTPO)
  • Feleti P Teo, OBE, Executive Director, Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), Federal State of Micronesia
  • Guillermo Compean Jimenez, Director, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), USA
  • Christopher J O’Brien, Executive Secretary, Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), Seychelles
12.40-13.00 Panel Discussion
13.00-14.00 Lunch

Session II: Industry Status and Updates


Fishery Improvement Programmes (FIPs) and Certification, William W Fox Vice President, Fisheries World Wildlife Fund, USA

The Growth of Technology to Combat IUU and Improve Data Collection, Farid Maruf, Oceans CDT Specialist, The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership, Thailand

The Tuna Industry Effort to Comply with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): From the Ambition to Action, Marcelo Hidalgo, Consultant, Seafoodmatter, Netherlands.

Opportunities for One-by-One Tuna Fisheries in Asia, Jeremy Crawford, Southeast Asia Director, International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), Indonesia
15.20-15.40 Tea break

Thai Tuna Industry: Canned Tuna Industry Updates, Nat Onsri, Advisor, Thai Tuna Industry Association (TTIA), Thailand.

Innovating the Industry to Manage Market Challenges, Antonio Guerra, CEO, Grupomar, Mexico

Korean Fishing Fleets Operations Towards Sustainable Tuna Fishing, Sancho Kim, Operation & Sales Manager, Silla Co Ltd, Korea

16.40-17.00 Panel Discussion

Tuesday, 29 May, 2018 – Day 2

Session III: Global and Regional Tuna Trade and Markets

Market Updates


US Tuna Market Updates, Dave Melbourne, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility, Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, USA

European Tuna Industry and Market, Juan Vieites Baptista De Sousa, President Eurothon/Secretary General, ANFACO-CECOPESCA/EUROTHON, Spain

Middle East – Tuna Market Updates, Arnab Sengupta, Director, Phoenix Commodities, UAE


Winds of Change in Latin America: how will post-TPP Alliances, Anti- Populism Policies and Free Trade reshape the Tuna Industry in the next 5 years?, Dario Chemerinski, Senior Project Manager, Selecting Strategic Partners (SSP), Latin America & Asia, Sao Paulo Office, Brazil
10.20-10.40 Tea Break

Why the EU Market Desperately Needs More Pacific Tuna Supply, Henk Brus, Managing Director, Pacifical, Netherlands

Japan Tuna Domestic Market and Exports, Tomohiro Asakawa, Seafood Trade Consultant, TA Pacific Co. Ltd., Japan
11.20-11.40 Asian Tuna Markets, Fatima Ferdouse, International Fishery Expert: Trade and Marketing

Impact of Brexit in the Tuna Industry, Walter John Anzer, Senior Consultant, Anzer Consultancy Ltd, UK
12.00-12.20 Panel Discussion

Market Access and Access Issues


FADs: Improving Through Monitoring, Management and Effectiveness, Victor Restrepo, Vice President / Chair, Scientific Advisory Committee, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), USA

Meeting Market Requirements for Long-line Tuna Fishing: The Pacific Long-Line Tuna Fishery Improvement Project (FIP), Iain Pollard, Consultant, Key Traceability Ltd, UK

State level needs for Catch Documentation Schemes Francisco Blaha, International Fisheries Advisor, New Zealand
13.20-14.20 Lunch

Fair Labour Standards On-Board Fishing Vessel, Julio Moron Ayala, Director General, OPAGAC, Spain

IUU Fishing Policy, Roberto Cesari, Head of IUU Fisheries Policy, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), European Commission, Belgium
15.00-15.20 Panel Discussion
15.20-15.40 Tea break

Session IV: Sustainability, Environment and Eco-Labelling in the Tuna Industry


Staying Ahead with Sustainability: Thai Union’s Development of Fishing Vessels Improvement Programme and Vessel Code of Conduct (VCoC), Darian McBain, Global Director of Sustainable Development, Thai Union Group PCL, Thailand.

The Global Ghost Gear Initiative Best Practice Framework: A Cross-Sectoral Approach to Tackling Abandoned and Lost Fishing Gear in Seafood Supply Chains, Ingrid Giskes, Head of Campaign World Animal Protection, Chair of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative, Australia


How important is sustainability for the retailer: Consumers’ Confidence in Certified Seafood

Transparency, Collaboration and the Market for Sustainability, Matthew Owens, Director, Sustainable, Tri Marine, USA
17.00-18.00 Certification and Sustainability Efforts (Panel Discussion):
  • Paolo Bray, Director, Associazione Friend of the Sea, Italy
  • Bill Holden, Pacific Fisheries Manager, Marine Stewardship Council Asia Pacific Pty Ltd, Australia
  • Susan Jackson, President, International Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), USA
  • Henk Brus, Managing Director, Pacifical, Netherlands
  • Oliver Knowles, Project Leader – Sustainable Tuna, Greenpeace, New Zealand
  • Sven Blankenhorn, Southeast Asia Fisheries Consultant, Fair Trade USA

Wednesday, 30 May, 2018 – Day 3

Session V: Recent Innovations and Trends in Technology for the Tuna Industry

Improving Monitoring at Sea – Electronic Monitoring, Faustino Velasco Maganto, Chief Executive Officer, Satlink, Spain

New Innovations, Technology Trends and Market Acceptance in High Value Tuna Category, William Kowalski, Hawaii International Seafood Inc., USA

Shipping and Logistics, Thue Barfod, Asia and Middle East Business Development Manager, Centre for Reefer Management, Maersk Line, Hong Kong
10.00-10.20 Tea break

Tuna By-product Utilization, Rose Mueda, University Research Associate II, University of the Philippines, Philippines
10.40-11.00 Tuna Farming

Gender in Tuna Fisheries, Arlene Nietes Satapornvanit, Gender Integration Specialist, The Oceans and Fisheries Partnership, Thailand

Impacts of Climate Change on Tuna Resources, Valerie Allain, Senior Fisheries Scientist (Climate Change – Ecosystem Analysis), Pacific Community (SPC), New Caledonia
11.40-12.00 Panel Discussion
12.00-13.00 Wrap up and closing
13.00 Lunch


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