Pacific fisheries attract attention at Japan Expo

PIC representatives on a site visit in Japan during the

PIC attended the 21st Japan- International Seafood and Technology Expo and was part of various site visits.

High quality fishery product and technology were on exhibit at the 21st Japan- International Seafood and Technology Expo staged recently at Tokyo Big Sight, attracting more than 33,500 visitors.

Pacific Islands Centre (PIC), which takes part in the Pacific Islands Trade and Invest (PT&I) network as its Tokyo Office, attended the three-day event for the first time, along with local administrative organisations, as well as business institutions from all over the world.

With the aim to publicise fishery products from Pacific Island Countries, PIC decided to attend the Expo, and seek input from the countries.

As a result, the Republic of the Marshall Islands expressed its intention to attend the Expo for the first time and dispatched three people from Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority and a local fishery company.

The trio made a courtesy visit to OFCF (Overseas Fishery Cooperation Foundation of Japan), followed by a site inspection tour to Uchiura Fishing Port in Shizuoka Prefecture and Toyosu Fish Market.

They joined fishery personnel from Papua New Guinea on their site visit to Uchiura Fishing Port, and also visited the horse mackerel farm, restaurant and fish product shop operated by the fishery association as well as saltery Heda Shio no Kai.

At Toyosu Fish Market, Tsukiji Uoichiba Co., Ltd. conducted a facility tour and participants observed one of the largest fish market in the world.

This could not have been possible without the cooperation and all the support of our valued partners such as those in charge of Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority fish market; and Japanese people who have relevant experience in Marshall Islands and their business counterpart in Japan.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of the Marshall Islands in Japan His Excellency Tom D. Kijiner, made a visit to the PIC booth, as did a number of people from fishery companies to view Grouper, Lobster, Parrotfish, Yellowfin tuna, and tuna jerky on display.

The event has realised opportunities of business meetings with retailers and restaurants, which made substantial progress of importing fishery product from Marshall Islands in the future.

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