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Tunanomics workshop to benefit media

November 16, 2014 7:01 pm

Journalists and those in the media were reminded about just how important their roles are on accurately reporting on stories relating to the fisheries industry.

This was the message that was imparted to participants at the opening of the Tunanomics Reporting Fisheries Workshop for Pacific Broadcasters in Nadi last
night by the Deputy Permanent Secretary for Fisheries Sanaila Naqali.

Naqali says such workshops will allow journalists to be more familiar with the fishery industry.

He adds the timing has never been more important for Pacific media to better understand and delve into the stories beneath the surface of the tuna industry.

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The three-day workshop is been organized to help journalists in Fiji and the Pacific, to strengthen their knowledge in the area of fisheries – in particular tuna.

The workshop is supported by the European Union in partnership with the Pacific Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) and the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union.

In his speech last night, deputy Permanent Secretary for Fisheries Sanaila Naqali told participants it was important for them to thoroughly understand the workings of this multi-billion dollar industry of fisheries.

Naqali also stressed the importance of providing balanced and accurate reporting when it came to the fisheries industry.

And the only way to do this he said was to be well informed on the affairs of the industry.

He added that this workshop was a chance for them to see, how the national policies developed in fisheries management, are implemented in the Pacific.

He also commended the work of organizations like FFA and Secretariat of the Pacific Community, for building strong regional support for the industry.

The first session for the workshop gets underway this morning at the Sheraton Fiji resort in Nadi.

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