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Participants in the Communicating Tuna Senior Journalists Workshop in Suva, Fiji. Image: Andrew O. De Guzman/Marianas Variety

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Andrew O. De Guzman

SUVA (Marianas Variety / Pacific Media Watch): Experts, advocates and island journalists have shared information and experiences on the value and economics of the Pacific tuna industry here in the capital of Fiji.

The two-day media workshop was organised by the Parties to the Nauru Agreement or PNA and the Pew Environmental Group.

Yesterday's session included a roundtable discussion on reporting on the tuna industry and policy with Dr Anouk Ride of PNA serving as moderator.

Joining the discussion were Pew Environmental Group global tuna conservation manager Adam Baske; Michael Crispino, also from PEW; PNA chief executive officer Dr Transform Aqorau; Marine Stewardship Council Pacific Fisheries Manager Bill Holden; Tri Marine International Ltd. Managing Director Philip A. Roberts; and Naitilima Tupou of the Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association Secretariat.

Baske discussed the species of tuna and current stock status, the global tuna supply chain, key markets and how prices are set.

Aqorau talked about scarcity, the vessel day scheme, access to fisheries, the other foreign fishing nations, the future directions of PNA in increasing the value of tuna among other topics.

Crispino’s topic was how tuna markets work including the demand for sustainability, the effect of PNA policy, and how the market positively and negatively influences the sustainability of tuna fishing.

Holden, for his part, presented a slideshow on tuna ecolabels and marketing sustainability.

The two-day workshop concludes today with more presentations and discussions on reporting about the link between tuna policy and the tuna industry and markets, including sharing information across media networks.

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