WWF is please to invite you and your company/organization to the Coral Triangle Fishers Forum (CTFF) II in Suva, Fiji, June 18-20 2012, hosted by WWF South Pacific Office and WWF Coral Triangle Global Initiative, with support from Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and supportive collaboration with the Coral Triangle Initiative Secretariat (please see attached Announcement).
With the theme of "IUU and traceability for fishing communities and industry" the CTFF-II will bring together leaders in the fishing community, fishing organizations, seafood companies, scientists and technicians, to gain perspective from fishers around the region, learn more about the issues that affect them, and gain a common ground in achieving sustainable and equitable fisheries for the region. Picking up from the success of the inaugural CTFF in 2010 - the CTFF-II will gather approximately 100-120 regional stakeholders to identify strategies and models for effective partnerships on seafood traceability, reducing IUU fisheries and achieving long-term sustainability and security in the seafood sector. This will help fishers and seafood companies to improve the long-term viability of fishing communities and reduce impacts from fisheries in the region.
The objectives of CTFF-II are:
1. Facilitate awareness-raising on IUU fishing issues as they affect the fishing and seafood sectors – small to large.
2. Share experience on improving traceability, including catch documentation, technologies and their anti-IUU fishing characteristics from Coral Triangle and regional fisheries, identifying obstacles, key issues and priorities.
3. Promote, and learn from specific examples (success stories, new innovations) on catch documentation and traceability, including under Fisheries Improvement Plans (FIP) and/or with links to buyers and key markets, and how these help address IUU fishing issues and overcome obstacles.
4. Develop new pilots/links to collaborate on anti-IUU fishing technologies and fishery best practices.
5. Develop a regional “road map” to enable and expand collaborations on traceability and IUU fishing, assessing relevant policies and programmes, how fisher folk and industry players can help influence and implement these and identify what support may be needed.
6. Further cultivate the CTFF as a platform for regional dialogue and multi-stakeholder consensus building on sustainable fisheries to contribute towards delivering the goals of the Coral Triangle Initiative (CTI) Regional Plan of Action and related Western and Central Pacific initiatives.
7. Introduce key market actors to better fisheries and vice versa to strengthen cooperation to address IUU fishing.
Some of the confirmed presenters/participants so far include the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC), Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), International Sustainable Seafood Foundation (ISSF), Pacific American Fish Company (PAFCO), Sea Delight LLC, Norpac Fisheries Export, Solander Pacific Ltd., International Pole & Line Foundation, Partnership Programme Towards Sustainable Tuna (Philippines), FAO Regional Fisheries and Livelihood Programme (Timor Leste), International MCS Network, TRAFFIC, Binh Dinh Tuna Association (Vietnam) and several others.
We would very much value your participation in the Forum. Please let me know if you are interested and also feel free to circulate to others you think may be interested. We look forward to your active participation, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, comments or feedback.
Please note that a limited amount of travel support is available for interested individuals and groups, especially fisherfolks and fishing organizations in the Pacific region, based on appropriateness and the availability of limited funds.
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