Tri Marine and National Fisheries Development LTD Announce Recent Graduate from Maritime Training Program


BELLEVUE, Wash. (August 5, 2015) - Tri Marine and National Fisheries Development LTD (NFD) are pleased to announce that 37-year veteran employee, Captain Charles Hiro, earned two prestigious professional maritime industry certifications after completing a rigorous training program at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) in New Zealand. Hiro is now certified as a “Mate Fishing Vessel - Limited” and “Skipper Fishing Vessel - Limited.”

“Supporting our staff in the development of their professional skills is an important part of the Tri Marine culture,” said Cypriano Ta’amora, Fleet Manager, Noro Operations. “Our most important asset is our people, and we are proud that Charles has achieved such an important professional milestone.”

The NMIT program is designed to promote training in the fisheries industry, which complements Tri Marine and NFD’s training plans for all its potential seafarers in capacity building for the commercial fishing industry.

“I want to express my gratitude to Tri Marine and NFD for helping facilitate this important step in my career,” said Hiro. “As a Solomon Islander, I look forward to applying my knowledge and expand my role in company operations, which are a vital part of our community’s economy and culture.”

NMIT is one of the institutes approved for fishing industry training under the 2015 New Zealand Short Term Training Award (STTA) scholarships. The Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) coordinates the scholarships for 12 member countries in the Pacific, including the Solomon Islands.

The NMIT curriculum and others are part of NFD’s comprehensive training program, which works in collaboration with the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and New Zealand Aid Programme to ensure that seafarers have the funding and other support they need to attain the best professional outcomes.


Background ON Tri Marine

Tri Marine is a recognized leader in fishing, processing and distributing high-quality tuna products to the world’s markets. The company focuses on quality, sustainability, innovation and customer satisfaction. As a socially responsible operator, Tri Marine has chosen to invest in the communities closest to fishery resources. Together with its workforce of over 5,000 employees, Tri Marine is committed to all of its customers, suppliers and stakeholders for the long term. National Fisheries Developments and SolTuna are part of the Tri Marine Global Group of Companies.  For more information, visit