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The 1st Indonesia Tuna Conference and The 7th International Coastal Tuna Business Forum is an annual event that brings together stakeholders from the tuna industry to discuss and share ideas on how to manage and develop the global tuna fishery sustainably. The forum is organized by the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia and the International Pole and Line Foundation. The 1st Indonesia Tuna Conference and International Coastal Tuna Business Forum 2023 took place in Bali, Indonesia, from May 24-25, 2023. The conference was attended by over 200 delegates from Indonesia, Japan, Australia, France, Spain, Philippines, South Africa, Kenya, and England.

The theme of the ITC was “Elevating Tuna Fishery with Harvest Strategy as Multi Stakeholders Commitment towards Sustainable Tuna” and the theme of ICTBF-7 was “Fostering Future Tuna Industry within Blue Transformation through Renewable Technology, Transparency, and Traceability”. The conference discussed a wide range of issues related to tuna fisheries, including sustainable harvesting, market access, and the role of technology in the tuna industry.

The Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Sakti Wahyu Trenggono opened the conference. In his opening remarks, the Minister highlighted the importance of tuna fisheries to the Indonesian economy. He said The harvest tuna management strategy aligns with the blue economy policy, which emphasizes the sustainable use of marine resources. The strategy includes measures to regulate fishing, such as quota-based fishing, yield reduction, and the establishment of catch limits for tuna and skipjack. These measures are designed to ensure the long-term sustainability of tuna stocks and the marine environment.

A key focus of the conference was to promote sustainable tuna fisheries both in Indonesia and globally. Multiple sessions were dedicated to addressing issues such as overfishing, illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing, and the significance of marine conservation. Experts shared insights into sustainable fishing practices, including responsible sourcing, efficient vessel management, and the utilization of innovative technologies to reduce bycatch and enhance traceability. The conference emphasized the necessity for collective efforts to safeguard tuna populations while ensuring the long-term viability of the industry.

Government officials and policymakers played a crucial role in the conference by addressing regulatory frameworks and policies for sustainable tuna fisheries. Discussions revolved around the implementation and enforcement of fishing regulations, the importance of international cooperation in combating IUU fishing, and the role of traceability systems in ensuring legal and responsible practices. The event provided a platform for stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue and work towards aligning policies for the betterment of the industry.

The conference acknowledged the role of technology and innovation in driving the growth and sustainability of the tuna industry. Sessions were dedicated to exploring advancements in fishing gear, vessel monitoring systems, data analytics, and blockchain technology to enhance fishing operations, transparency in the supply chain, and traceability. Experts showcased success stories of integrating technology into tuna fisheries, emphasizing the need for ongoing research and development to optimize industry practices.

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One of the speakers explained transparency and traceability to one of our customers who use TraceTales™. One of the breakthroughs in supporting government policies is the integration between STELINA (National Fish Traceability and Logistics System) and TraceTales™ which will make it easier for the industry in data transparency and traceability.  We have also developed a TraceTales™ module equipped with a financial module. If you want detailed information, please contact us.

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We also opened a booth to tell about Fisheries Technology, one of which is TraceTales™

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