Climate change poses challenge for tuna sector

THE tuna fishery is a strategic resource and the challenges that it faces over the next few decades are set to increase, says United Nations head of mission in Papua New Guinea Roy Trivedy.

Mr Trivedy was speaking at the inaugural World Tuna Day celebrations held in Port Moresby Tuesday.

He said that apart from forestry, tuna is a strategic resource because people not just in PNG but the world over continued to depend on it not just for food security but also for income, jobs and that it is vitally interconnected with people’s lives.

He said besides the challenges of illegal unreported and unregulated fishing, the impact of climate change would also pose a major challenge.

“Climate change which will impact on seas, oceans and of course marine life but also on river systems.

“I know that the government of PNG is making a strong effort to try and prioritise how we save our strategic industries from some of these big challenges,” Mr Trivedy said.

He stressed that going forward good governance, good management and conservation would be key for this resource.

Commenting on the international recognition given by the United Nations General Assembly last year which paved the way for the celebrations, he said in this case it had looked at resources that are common to the whole world and to recognise them.

“That is why World Tuna Day was recognised. Tuna is a highly migratory species it crosses international borders and especially has value in terms of food security for our people but also economic value.”