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17th INFOFISH World Tuna Trade Conference & Exhibition  

 

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Announcing the TUNA2022 biggest global event on the tuna calendar, that will take place from the 11-13 October 2022, where world leading tuna players will converge to discuss on major issues affecting the industry. With the theme “Strengthening Resilience, Adaptability and Sustainable Growth in the Global Tuna Industry”, the upcoming TUNA 2022 will be the 17th World Tuna Trade Conference and Exhibition organized by INFOFISH and our partners and will take shape. Organizers are considering it to be organized as a first ever hybrid event, with both options to be in attendance or to join virtually.
 
As envisaged by this theme, the disruption of the global pandemic continues to challenge the industry on many fronts. While the industry has been greatly challenged, we have also seen many examples of resilience, adaptation and endeavour in this constantly changing business environment. Rapidly changing technologies have also provided alternatives in terms of business approaches, market behaviour and sustaining industry, and there are many lessons for us to learn from, to share with each other, to embrace and to further improve on as an industry. While we may continue to operate in an unpredictable environment, strengthening resilience and adaptability, remain fundamental pillars in positioning the industry responsively in ensuring sustainable growth and the continuing prosperity of the global tuna industry into the future.

Do look out for more updates in our upcoming press releases. See you at TUNA 2022 Bangkok! 

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In celebrating the Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture- 2022, as declared by the United Nations, Sri Lanka Forum for Small Scale Fisheries (SLFSSF) is organizing a conference under the theme “Fishing for Life”, which will be an international conference covering the South and South-East Asian region. This will be organized in partnership with Sri Lanka Association for Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (SLAFAR) and the Ocean University of Sri Lanka (OCUSL). The event will be held during 19-20 September 2022, in virtual format due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

The conference aims to bring to light, the important contribution made by artisanal and small scale fisheries to food supply, nutrition, employment, poverty alleviation and wellbeing of the people in the region, while at the same time, unearthing issues of governance failures, including social injustices emerging from the process of blue economic development. It is expected that the conference will yield an outcome having implications for effective management measures to be adopted, to secure sustainable artisanal & small-scale fisheries and aquaculture sub-sectors in the region.

Building Forward Better 

 

Under the theme ‘Building Forward Better,’ the congress aims to discuss bold, innovative ideas and strategies needed for SSF to rebalance, rebuild and revitalize, following the devastating impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, natural disasters and climate change, set amidst the current and emerging challenges affecting their livelihoods and wellbeing. Building forward is also about being proactive and progressive in situating SSF in Asia-Pacific in a way that will accelerate their engagement in the global discourse about sustainable development, and help them be in a position to contribute to achieving SDGs.

Specifically, the congress will be organized around six main topics:

  • Adjusting the JUSTICE lens
  • Adjusting the GENDER lens
  • Adjusting the FOOD lens
  • Adjusting the GOVERNANCE lens
  • Adjusting the FINANCIAL lens
  • Adjusting the RESEARCH lens

Contributions are invited from researchers, students, young professionals, practitioners, fishers and fishers’ organizations, environmental groups and policy makers, interested in small-scale fisheries in the Asia-Pacific region. Abstracts for individual papers or organized sessions (about 250 words) are accepted until October 15, 2021.

The 4WSFC Asia-Pacific is co-hosted by Tokai University and TBTI Japan, in partnership with Shizuoka City, TBTI Global and other key organizations.

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How can acoustics and other emerging technologies improve the management of highly valuable tuna fisheries off the coasts of Indonesia and the Philippines?

Join us for a 2-hr webinar to learn about this exciting new technology from researchers Dr. Joe Warren of Stonybrook and Dr Aaron Rice of Cornell University. We’ll also be joined by Joann Binondo, Sustainable Tuna Project Manager of World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, to discuss her experience in pursuing a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification process, and how these (and other) technologies could support ongoing efforts to certify sustainable tuna fisheries

 

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The regionally-focused World Ocean Summit Asia-Pacific agenda will provide the platform for nuanced conversation and tailored discussion to catalyse the blue economy in the Asia-Pacific. 

The summit will convene 100 speakers and 1000 participants virtually over five days. Dedicated tracks on shipping, marine renewable energy, plastics, aquaculture and fishing will provide insight focused on the Asia-Pacific. Plenary sessions will centre on pressing concerns for the ocean and cities, and seek solutions for climate change mitigation and the dangerous decline of biodiversity in the region. 

A full track dedicated to finance will bring together executives from across the investment community.  Speakers will share experience of innovative blue-finance mechanisms to maximise the direction of mainstream finance towards the sustainable blue economy. 

Our aim is to identify how innovation and collaboration within the region are affecting change and seek to reframe the Asia-Pacific’s relationship with the ocean, generating momentum to map the steps to increased economic prosperity and ocean restoration.

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Part of the 2021 APFIC Webinar Series

This webinar presents the findings of a joint FAO-AIT desk study on gender in small-scale fisheries and aquaculture in Asia. Both desk studies look at the division of labour between women and men in specific small-scale fisheries and aquaculture commodities supply chain, the differences with respect to their access to assets, resources and entitlements, the drivers of such differences, as well as the critical entry points and opportunities for addressing inequalities and discriminatory practices.

 

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Resources

The Blue Swimming Crab Fishers and Fishing Practices in Leyte and Samar, Philippines

Blue swimming crab (BSC) industry contributes considerably to the region’s economy. Despite the extensive harvesting and marketing activities, there is no information on the people who make a living out of the BSC resource. This study provides suggestions to improve the management of BSC fishery by looking into the crabbers’ socio-demographic profile, crabbing gears, crabbing practices, and awareness of regulatory measures regarding BSC fishery management.

Diversity and Abundance of Shallow-water Sea Cucumbers in Samar and Leyte, Philippines

Sea cucumbers are among the most adapted and diverse marine invertebrates found in almost all types of marine habitats and in varying depth. This study thus aimed to determine the species composition and abundance of shallow-water holothurids in the Samar-Leyte area.

"Pagbalud" (When the Waves Swell)

In this video, Exec. Dir. of the Guiuan Development Foundation was featured as an exemplary scientist and community development worker who transcends science to coastal communities to attain sustainability of resources. This film topped the S&T Professional Category in the 2nd Philippine Indie-Siyensya Filmmaking Competition in 2017

Effect of Holothuria scabra (Jaeger) on Particle Size Composition and Components of Sediment

To determine the effect of sea cucumbers on the sediment components and particle composition, hatchery produced juveniles of Holothuria scabra (sandfish) were raised in pens for one year.

Rapid Assessment Toolkit for Sharks and Rays

WWF and the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries & Aquaculture (CSTFA) at James Cook University have developed the first Rapid Assessment Toolkit focused on sharks and rays. The Toolkit consists of practical and simple step-by-step guidelines for collecting basic information using six complimentary tools.

The Tun Mustapha Compliance Plan

The Tun Mustapha Marine Park (TMP) is home to mangrove forests, sea grass beds and coral reefs all of which serve as a critical breeding ground for resident marine species, as well as migratory species such as whale sharks. In this report, we analyze the legal framework, competencies and jurisdictions of all marine enforcement agencies in order to design an enforcement system for the TMP project that is practical, affordable and feasible to implement over a four-year timeframe.

FishCounts: increasing the visibility of small-scale fisheries in Cambodia's national planning

This report explores the current state of Cambodia’s fisheries and the data that would be needed to develop such a set of accounts. It considers the country’s existing statistical information and monitoring efforts, and where the gaps, inconsistencies and overlaps lie. It proposes a phased approach to build on what already exists to create greater visibility for the contribution of small-scale fisheries to the national economy and their role in developing sustainable fishing and aquaculture in the face of growing demands and climate change.

Myanmar's artisanal hilsa fisheries. How much are they really worth?

This study estimates the economic value of artisanal hilsa fisheries in Myanmar, using artisanal income data to estimate use value and a benefit transfer to estimate non-use value.

Socioeconomic characteristics of hilsa fishers in the Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar

The Darwin-Hilsa project is developing an incentive-based system of hilsa fisheries management in Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady Delta. This study uses a mixed-methods approach to assess the socioeconomic status of local fishing households.

Making sense of wild seafood supply chains

A primer for resource managers, scientists, fishers, and other industry players seeking to harness the power of supply chains to ignite sustainable management in artisanal fisheries.

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