PNA Asserting Control over Tuna

Tri Marine executives urge limitation on fishing

Koror, Palau, 4 MARCH 2010

The Presidents of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu, declared their commitment to improve the control over the important tuna fishery in their exclusive economic zones.

The Presidents agreed to improve the Vessel Day Scheme and to close off additional high seas areas between 10 ºN and 20 ºS, 170 ºE and 140 ºW in the Western and Central Pacific by prohibiting purse seine vessels licensed by the PNA to operate in these waters.

Tri Marine executives Joe Hamby and Phil Roberts were invited to address the PNA at Palau in connection with the PNA’s efforts to identify and explore opportunities for improving understanding and direct cooperation between PNA and the tuna industry.

The Presidents of the PNA explained to Tri Marine that they have decided to seek certification of the Western and Central Pacific skipjack fishery by the Marine Stewardship Council.

Tri Marine explained to the PNA that certification will require good management of the fishery and a control on the number of fishing vessels allowed to fish in the PNA waters. Tri Marine believes that it is vital to the future of the fishery to establish regional, transparent limits on fishing and the number of purse seiners.

Background on Tri Marine

Tri Marine has owned the Solomon fishing company National Fisheries Developments since 1997. NFD owns and locally operates 5 Solomon flag purse seiners. These boats supply all of the raw material to Soltai, the only tuna cannery in Solomon Islands. Tri Marine provides senior management to Soltai as well as technical services. Tri Marine provides a market for Soltai’s exports. Tri Marine supplies raw material to Pan Pacific, the tuna loin plant in Majuro and Tri Marine markets the production of tuna loins from that plant. Tri Marine is investing in a major tuna processing plant in PNG. Over the years Tri Marine has provided tuna processing plant feasibility studies for PNA governments to assist in the development of the PNA based tuna industry. Tri Marine frequently assists FFA and PNA authorities with tuna fishery matters in the region and worldwide.

Tri Marine is a tuna supply company with focus on supply of tuna and tuna products to the leading brands of tuna. It has offices in 14 countries and processing activities in plants located strategically around the world. Its tuna purse seiners operate in the Western Pacific and the Eastern Tropical Pacific. Tri Marine was formed in Singapore in 1972. Since then the company has grown to be one of the largest tuna supply companies in the world. Tri Marine is privately owned.