2nd European Tuna Conference


The European Tuna Conference 2009 will take place in Brussels on Monday, April 27th 2009, (one day prior to the European Seafood Exposition), from 09.00 to 19.00 hours at the Sheraton Hotel, in Brussels’ City Center.

The Conference Center, located on the 2nd floor of the Sheraton, will be open as of 08.00 hours on the conference day.

A team of 12-15 expert speakers will be providing insights on the 5 Topic Groups mentioned here below.

The conference speeches will all be given in the English language.


8.00 - 9.00 Registration & Welcome Coffee at the Conference Foyer, 2nd floor
9.00 – 9.10 Start of the Conference - Opening Speech by the Chairman Mr. Aldolfo Valsecchi
I. Morning Session:
9.10 – 9.40

Dr. James Joseph
International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) Science Committee Chairman
"Current State Of The World Tuna Stocks"

9.40 - 10.00

Ms. Susan Jackson
President of the International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF)
“How Will The Tuna Industry Contribute To Sustainability”

10.00 - 10.20

Miss Sari Tolvanen
Ocean Campaigner for Greenpeace International
“Walking The Talk: Pathway To Sustainable And Equitable Tuna Fisheries”

II. Late Morning Session:
10.20 – 10.35 Coffee & Refreshment Break
10.35 – 10.55 Mrs. Natalie Webster
Director of Operations at the American Albacore Fishing Association (AAFA)
“U.S. Pole & Troll Albacore Fishery - Past, Present & Future With MSC Certification”
10.55 – 11.15

Mr. Bill Carvalho
President of the Wild Planet Foods
“The Pro’s And Con’s of MSC Certification In Daily Business”

10.15 - 11.35 Ms. Helga Josupeit
Fishery Industry Officer at the World Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
“Is There Still Volume Growth In The European Tuna Market? With Special Reference To The Present Crisis”
11.35 - 12.10 Panel discussion on Future Of Tuna Stocks And Sustainability
12.10 – 13.30 Business Luncheon at the Horizon Room, 30th Floor
Start afternoon session – Co-Chairman Mr. Henk Brus
III. Afternoon session:
13.35 – 14.00

Mr. Joe Hamby
Managing Director of Tri-Marine International
“The Future Of Tuna – An Indication Based On Recent Investments”

14.00 - 14.20

Mr. Gorjan Nikolik
Senior Associate of Rabobank
“Dynamics And Strategic Choices In A New Environment”

14.20 - 14.40

Mr. Pierre Commere
Eurothon Secretariat, Pan-European Tuna Industry and Fleet Association
“The European Canned Tuna Industry”

14.40 - 15.00 Panel Discussion on The Economic Outlook For The European Tuna Market
15.00 - 15.20 Coffee & Refreshment Break
IV. Mid Afternoon session:
15.20 – 15.40

Dr. Vittorio Ramazza
Innovation Development Responsible at Coop-Italia Scarl
“Modern Tuna Market vis a vis Sustainability and Recession”

15.40 – 16.00

Mr. Antonio Orsini
Tuna Buyer at the New England Seafood International
“UK Tuna Market: How Do We Maximize The Value In Our Supply Chains”

16.00 – 16.20

Dr. Michel Goujon
Director of Orthongel
“Cost Challenges For The Tuna Fleet”

16.20 - 16.40 Dr. Martin Hall
Chief Scientist of the Tuna-Dolphin Program at the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)
“Reducing Bycatches In Tuna Purse Seine Fisheries On FADs”
16.40 – 16.55 Time for Questions
V. Late Afternoon Session:
16.55 - 17.15

Mr. Barry Faure
Seychelles Embassador in Brussels, Belgium
“The Impact of Piracy on Indian Ocean Tuna Fishing”

17.15 – 17.35

Mr. Patrick Savoure
Seafood Business Unit Director at Impress Group
“The Can Lives On, Through Sunshine And Rain”

17.35 – 18.00

Panel Discussion and Closing by Chairman Mr. Aldolfo Valsecchi & Co-Chairman Mr. Henk Brus

18.00 – 19.00 Tuna Awards 2009 - Cocktail Party at the Horizon Room 30th floor

For more information please contact: support@europeantunaconference.com