An Invitation to Make Noble Cause Happen:19th National Tuna Congress


There is no dying tuna industry. Not for the many whose food security is largely dependent on the productivity of the fishing industry, not for the hundreds of thousands of families depending on it to survive and certainly not for the coming generations for whose quality of life we are responsible for.

There can only be a thriving tuna industry- one that is responsive, strengthened and competitive. This must be the thrust of the key policy makers- both from the government and the non-government organizations, business leaders and all of the labor force composing this industry. And for the many years that the tuna fishing industry has been beset with so many challenges – dwindling tuna stocks, climate change, economic pressures- it has remained strong and able to produce the needed income for the great number of people dependent on it. It has been continually improving in its fishing management through science-based knowledge and data-analysis. More importantly, though there are birth pains, it has been establishing ways to afford more decent working conditions for its labor force, especially the fisherfolks.

This is a cause for a celebration and a call for heightened efforts towards keeping our tuna proliferating and ensuring that our workers, the backbone of this industry, are given a quality life deserving of the toil they have been honestly expending since day one of the making of the world-renowned tuna industry of this country.

For 19 years now, the National Tuna Congress has been that platform for making a force to reckon out of this industry. And on this year, we give emphasis on the characters that define it. The Philippine Tuna Industry: Responsive. Strengthened. Competitive.

This is the industry’s assertion. The Philippine Tuna Industry is “Responsive” to market developments and trends; “Strengthened” with the collaborative efforts of both the government and industry to combat Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing for a sustainable tuna fishery; globally “Competitive” through the industry players’ competition, innovation, and enhanced access to information on technologies and markets.

Now, here is a call for us to once again, come together in the 19th National Tuna Congress, a gathering of about 800 participants representing fishing companies, logistics and technology suppliers/ service providers and various industry partners from all throughout the country and abroad.

Consistent with the time-honoured tradition of advocacy and standing-up for relevant issues and immediate concerns affecting the fishing industry, the Congress has lined up topics of relevance to stakeholders. You will be exploring opportunities as the USAID Ocean will be presenting relevant supported studies. You will write a part of history that will spell the future of the tuna industry as you will be participating in the making of the final draft of the National Tuna Management Plan. You will ultimately be able to contribute to the redefinition of the working conditions of our fishworkers as you look into their current circumstances to be presented by our invited speaker from Verite. And that is just for starters. Of course, it would not hurt if you could exchange valuable information and close beneficial business deals with more than 150 exhibitors of the Congress, would it?

So on September 6 to 8, 2017 at the SM City, General Santos City, come and let us make our shared visions happen!

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