call us on

+603-8066 8112

Office Hours

Mon - Fri 8:30 - 17:00



Only registered delegates are allowed to attend the conference. Conference fees are as indicated in the registration form and the fees cover the coffee breaks, lunches, receptions, conference kit and documentation. The fees do not include hotel accommodation. (Please refer to the registration form for further details).

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, International Fisheries Law Consultant, 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, Conference Chairman

Special Address by Jong Jin Kim, Deputy Regional Representative for Asia and the Pacific, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO-RAP), Thailand

Special Address by H E Ana Katuska Drouet Salcedo, Minister of Aquaculture and Fisheries, Ecuador

Special Address by H E Patrick Basa, MP, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Papua New Guinea

Opening Address by H E Grisada Boonrach, Minister 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, International Fisheries Law Consultant , 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 Promoting Sustainable Development in the Tuna Industry
  • WTPO - Ensuring Sustainability in Tuna Industry Development and Resource Management, Anthony Kim, Vice-Chairman, World Tuna Purse Seine Organization (WTPO)/Deputy General Manager, Silla Co Ltd, Korea
  • Sustainable Tuna Stocks and Tuna Industry in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, Feleti P Teo, OBE, Executive Director, Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), Federal State of Micronesia
  • Ensuring Sustainable Tuna Stocks and the Promotion of Sustainable Development in the Purse Seine Tuna Industry, Guillermo Compean, Director, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), USA
  • Working Towards Sustainable Tuna Fisheries in the Indian Ocean, Christopher O’Brien, Executive Secretary, Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC), Seychelles
13.00-13.20 Panel Discussion
13.20-14.00 Lunch

Session II: Industry Status and Updates

Susan Jackson, President, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), USA


Accelerating Tuna Sustainability Through Fishery Improvement Projects (FIPs) and MSC Certification, William Fox, Vice President, Tuna Fisheries Conservation, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), USA

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

Tuna Industry Efforts to Comply with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): From Ambition to Action, Marcelo Hidalgo, Consultant, Seafood Matter, The Netherlands

Opportunities for One-by-One Tuna Fisheries in Asia, Martin Purves, Managing Director, International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), South Africa
15.20-15.40 Tea break

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

Industry Innovation as a Response Against Market Challenges, Antonio Guerra, CEO, Grupomar, Mexico

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


Maldivian Fishery - Naturally Sustainable – by Adley Ismail, CEO , Maldives Industrial Fisheries Company Limited, MIFCO
17.00-17.30 Panel Discussion

Tuesday, 29 May, 2018 – Day 2

Session III: Global and Regional Tuna Trade and Markets

Market Updates

Chairperson: Dave Melbourne, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility, Bumble Bee Foods, LLC, USA


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 Manuel Vieites Baptista De Sousa, President Eurothon/Secretary General, ANFACO- CECOPESCA/EUROTHON, Spain

Middle East – Tuna Market Updates, Arnab Sengupta, Director, Phoenix Group, 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 Five Years?, Dario Chemerinski, Senior Project Manager, Selecting Strategic Partners (SSP), Latin America & Asia Brands, Sao Paulo Office, Brazil


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

10.10-10.30 Tea Break

Japan - Tuna Domestic Market and Exports, Tomohiro Asakawa, Seafood Trade Consultant, TA Pacific Co. Ltd., Japan

Current Trends in Tuna Trade in the Asia/Pacific Region, Fatima Ferdouse, International Fishery Expert: Trade and Marketing

Impact of Brexit in the Tuna Industry, Walter John Anzer, Senior Consultant, Anzer Consultancy Ltd, UK
11.30-11.50 Panel Discussion

Market Access and Access Issues

Dr Chanintr Chalisarapong, President, Thai Tuna Industry Association (TTIA), Thailand


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 Longline Tuna Fishing: The Pacific Longline Tuna Fishery Improvement Project (FIP), Iain Pollard, Consultant, Key Traceability Ltd, UK

State Level Needs for Catch Documentation Schemes, Francisco Blaha, Independent Advisor, New Zealand
12.50-14.00 Lunch

Fair Labour Standards On-Board Fishing Vessel, Julio Moron Ayala, Managing Director, OPAGAC/AGAC, Spain

European Union Action in the International Fight Against, Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, Roberto Cesari, Head of IUU Fisheries Policy, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), European Commission, Belgium
14.40-15.00 Panel Discussion
15.00-15.20 Tea break

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

Audun Lem, Deputy Director, Policy and Economics Division, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (FAO), Italy


Staying Ahead with Sustainability: Thai Union’s Development of Fishing a 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, Global Head of Campaign, World Animal Protection/ Chair of Global Ghost Gear Initiative, Australia


Charting the Way Ahead for Sustainable Seafood: Why Partnership is the New Leadership, Gavin Bailey, Director of Responsible Sourcing, Walmart, USA

Transparency, Collaboration and the Market for Sustainability, Matthew Owens, Director of Sustainability, Tri Marine Management Company, LLC, USA
16.40-18.00 Certification and Sustainability Efforts (Panel Discussion):
  • Paolo Bray, Director of Friend of the Sea and Dolphin-Safe projects, Italy
  • Bill Holden, Senior Fisheries Manager Oceania & SE Asia, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Australia
  • Susan Jackson, President, International Sustainability Foundation (ISSF), USA
  • Henk Brus, Managing Director, Pacifical, Netherlands
  • Oliver Knowles, Senior Advisor, Greenpeace, UK
  • 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

Dr Darian McBain, Global Director of Sustainable Development, Thai Union Group PCL, Thailand

Improving Observers' Coverage at Sea: Electronic Monitoring, Faustino Velasco, Chief Executive Officer, Satlink, Spain

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

Maersk Line’s Digital Innovations and Future Shipping Trends, Thue Barfod, Global Head of the Fish & Seafood Cargo Segment, Maersk Hong Kong Limited, Hong Kong

Ship-to-Shore Connectivity for Sustainable Fishing, Les Shortall, Market Development Director, Inmarsat, UK

Blockchain Seafood Supply Chain Traceability Solution, Alfred “Bubba” Cook, Programme Manager, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), New Zealand
10.40-11.00 Tea break

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

Status of Bluefin Tuna Seedling Production and Farming in Japan, Shukei Masuma, General Director, Aquaculture Research Institute, Kindai University, Japan

Gender Considerations in Tuna Fisheries, Arlene Nietes Satapornvanit, Gender Integration & Capacity Building Specialist, USAID Oceans and Fisheries Partnership, Thailand

The Impact of Climate Change on Tuna Resources, Valerie Allain, Senior Fisheries Scientist (Climate Change – Ecosystem Analysis), Pacific Community (SPC), New Caledonia
12.20-12.40 Panel Discussion
12.40-13.00 Wrap up and closing
13.00 Lunch


Conference Details

Conference Programme

Simultaneous Interpretation

Hotel Reservation

Visa Application


Intergovernmental Organisation for Marketing Information and Technical Advisory Services for Fishery Products in the Asia and Pacific Region.

Read More


subscribe to our newsletter

© 2018 INFOFISH ORG. All Rights Reserved. Designed By INFOFISH