Fifth Annual World Tuna Day Festival Kicks Off May 13
Weekend festivities celebrate “Our Tuna, Our Wealth, Our Future”
NORO, Solomon Islands – May 13, 2016 – Today marks the beginning of the fifth annual weekend-long World Tuna Day festival. Two of Tri Marine’s subsidiaries, National Fisheries Developments Limited (NFD) and SolTuna Limited (SolTuna), are major sponsors and active participants in a celebration that recognizes the significance of the tuna industry and the role it plays in Solomon Islands and other Pacific island economies. The theme for this year’s event is “Growing Our Tuna” and will feature a number of highly anticipated community activities.
“We are honored to help
organize and sponsor this important event,” said Adrian
Wickham, managing director of SolTuna. “Tuna is part of
our identity. It is more than a business or a job to us.
It is a way of life.”
The economic impact of tuna in the Pacific islands is substantial. Total catch of tuna in the Central and Western Pacific region is nearly three million tonnes, representing about 60 percent of the world’s tuna supplies and valued at more than $5 billion.
The catch in Solomon Islands’ waters is about 150,000 tonnes annually. About 20 percent of that (or roughly 30,000 tonnes) is caught by NFD and processed locally at SolTuna. Together, NFD and SolTuna employ over 2,000 people, providing much needed employment in a rural area of Solomon Islands.
The Solomon Islands’ tuna industry has a truly global reach. SolTuna’s production is exported to regional markets, to the European Union and the USA. SolTuna is also is an important supplier to the Solomon Islands’ domestic market, where it distributes over 30 million cans of tuna each year. With a population of more than 500,000, that’s almost 60 cans per person.
“When one industry is such a critical part of the everyday life of a community, it is important to take the time to recognize and celebrate tuna and what it means for our people,” added Wickham.
Some of the activities
planned for the weekend include:
· Tuna Marketplace – stalls will be set up to sell island food and drinks.
· Tuna Speech Competition – a high school speech competition based on the 2016 theme, “Growing Our Tuna.”
· Tuna Song Competition – an opportunity for local musicians to compose and present songs related to tuna and its importance for the people.
· Tuna Quiz – a tuna ‘fun-fact’ competition.
· Tuna Dish Competition – a tuna cooking challenge.
· Tuna Parade – a parade in which workers from both NFD and SolTuna participate.
Other activities include music and entertainment, provided by the local Bamboo Bands, dancing, and children’s games, including a coloring competition.
ABOUT NATIONAL FISHERIES DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED (NFD)
Established over 30 years ago, NFD is the Solomon Islands premier fishing company, operating a fleet of purse seine and pole and line vessels from the port of Noro in the Western Province. The company’s management, staff and crew are Solomon Islanders.
SolTuna is the Solomon Islands only large-scale tuna processor. Based in Noro, Western Province, the company produces cooked frozen tuna loins and fishmeal for export markets, and canned tuna for local, regional and international markets. Its iconic Solomon Blue and Chilli Tuna brands have been available since the 1980’s. The company employs about 1,700 Solomon Islanders. More information can be found at http://soltuna.com.au.
ABOUT 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. For more information, visit www.trimarinegroup.com.