With World Tuna Day just a few weeks away on May 2, the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) called on the fishing industry, NGOs and governments to mark the day with local and international celebrations.

In 2011, PNA Ministers declared May 2 to be World Tuna Day, a special day for all who are involved in tuna fishing and tuna conservation and management to celebrate the wonders of tuna with communities around the world.

Last year there were celebrations of dancing, songs, speeches and competitions in Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea on World Tuna Day. This year, PNA is encouraging more industry, government and NGO partners to get involved and use the day to promote their engagement with tuna fishing and the goals of the PNA.

The PNA will also announce the winners of the PNA/NFA World Tuna Day Art and Talent Quest on World Tuna Day. With double the number of entries from last year, the Quest is becoming an important cultural event to highlight stories around the competition’s themes: Pacific Tuna in the wild, Tuna and local cultures and lifestyles, Pacific ways of fishing for Tuna & Islanders working together to conserve and manage tuna.