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Papua New Guinea has vast areas of fishing ground and with a well planned and successful tuna management and development in place that can address all issues in balance; PNG can become the leader of tuna business in the world.

President of the PNG Fishing Industry Association Pete Celso said PNG can also look at opportunities in expanding tuna market in the world to other countries like the U.S., other parts of Asia, India, Australia, Middle East and others.

The annual average catch of tuna worldwide is about 4,300,000 metric tons (MT) while PNG’s average annual tuna catch was about 500,000 MT. The latest catch of tuna in PNG for 2010 was 720,000 MT, which is about 17 percent of the world’s tuna catch.

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