As the world’s largest tuna fishing nation, Indonesia’s capture fisheries are a mainstay of the nation’s economy. A number of its coastal tuna fisheries have practised artisanal fishing methods such as pole-and-line and handline techniques unchanged for generations, providing a vital source of income to Indonesian coastal fishers and supporting the livelihoods of coastal fishing communities.
For 2018, the Indonesian Government has identified five tuna fishery priorities: improvement of tuna data collection and vessel registration system; development of harvest strategy for tropical tuna in archipelagic waters; development of fish aggregating device (FAD) management plan and revision on FAD regulation; development of electronic system; and revision of regulation on fishing business in high seas by developing a ministerial regulation exclusively for tuna management. Delegates can therefore look forward to important topics including international market opportunities and access requirements, and social programs. There will be also updated new regulations, policies and performance that can contribute to helping safeguard the future of these fisheries and the communities that depend on them.
Back in 2016, Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia hosted the 2nd Bali Tuna Conference back to back with the 6th International Coastal Tuna Business Forum. The purpose of combining those two events into a single special programme in 2016 was to bring industry, government and scientists even closer together to ensure the ecologically, socially and economically sustainable development of tuna fisheries.
In 2018, the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia in collaboration with International Pole & Line Foundation plan to organize the 3rd Bali Tuna Conference back to back with the 6th International Coastal Tuna Business Forum. This year Bali Tuna Conference will seek for recommendation in improving inclusive solution through synergy and transparency collaboration between government, industries and community for sustainable tuna fisheries in 2025. Whereas, International Coastal Tuna Business Forum is an annual event hosted by the Ministry, after one year of hiatus, 2018 is its 6th year. This year, the forum will be the crossroad for government, industry and international markets to discuss and highlight on the opportunity of Indonesia’s coastal tuna industry to be the global leader in supplying one-by-one tuna.
Considering the importance of the conference and forum as a concrete action to support global tuna fisheries sustainability in Indonesia, we are pleased to invite the global tuna fisheries community attention to attend these two events.
The 3rd Bali Tuna Conference will deliver the theme “Indonesia's tuna sector and international supply chains are benefiting from heightened levels of Government-Industry synergies”. Meanwhile, the 6th International Coastal Tuna Business Forum will have “Gobal leader in supplying one-by-one tuna” as its theme.
It is anticipated that the total number of participants of 3rd Bali Tuna Conference and the 6th International Coastal Tuna Business Forum will be at least 200 persons, encompassing Indonesia’s tuna industries, international buyers, government, tuna-RFMO representatives, fishery associations, fishery commissions, NGOs, world-renowned scientists and other relevant stakeholders..