The Fishing Industry Association (PNG) Inc., (FIA PNG), in collaboration with the specialized consultancy organization, Seafoodmatter, is continuously delivering a workshop on traceability for net setting to shipping tuna products in the tuna supply value chain. The training provides attendees with an update of the MSC CoC standard version 5.0 and links from the FIA PNG tuna= fishing activity capture, brailing, storing, and unloading conditions. The training & workshop takes place in person from 6 February 2023, at the Lae International Hotel in Papua New Guinea. A total of 24 representatives from the National Fisheries Authority NFA, and FIA PNG members from RD fishing group, Frabelle fishing group, Trans-Pacific Journey, Bluecatch, IFC, Majestic Seafood Ltd, Frabelle PNG processing, Nambawan Ltd, and South Seas Tuna Canning were registered to attend.
The Training & Workshop on MSC CoC V5.0
The Training & workshop is based on the MSC CoC v5.0 standard and constitutes an awareness workshop for guidance about implementation and auditing. This training action deals with traceability and legality in the tuna supply value chain. In short, it is about acquiring adequate knowledge about the five (5) principles, tools and controls available to evaluate the implementation level at the tuna processing factory.
The workshop covers in detail the fishery traceability risk assessment, and recommendations for a chain of custody at the point of unloading, there is a review of the robustness of the FIA PNG MSC tuna certification that is comprehensive. The workshop provides case studies to compare partial tuna certification using CoC onboard traceability or compartmentalization and also the unique case study of FIA PNG tuna fishery that has certified all gear types, and species within a determined geographical area. FIA PNG members are constantly updating in good practices of traceability that are aligned with the RSP and our traceability procedures
On the other hand, the benefits of doing this training are extensive. On the one hand, it allows for a knowledge update of the CoC standard requirements and conditions for maintaining the traceability of the product. It also includes current technologic tools to support our traceability and legal fishing operation for instance: Global Fishing Watch, integrated Fisheries Information Management System, and the Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability KDE with that we are aligned.
The FIA PNG appreciates the collaboration, support, and assistance of the NFA in this training and workshop.