DESPITE constant pressure from ocean activists, the Pacific Islands tuna industry still stands to lose out on sustainability of the fish and potential development for people in Pacific island countries.
This was one of the concerns raised at this year's Pacific Tuna Forum taking place in the Solomon Islands.
Fiji's Duncan Williams, Greenpeace Australia Pacific Oceans campaigner, said in a statement yesterday the forum hosted delegates of nations, which continued to profit from overfished Pacific tuna stocks.
"Their business models are based upon paying as little as possible for the right to fish, and taking as much of the profit as they can out of the region," Mr Williams said.
"Pacific island countries need to adopt a new model of fishery development and start saying no to those who use the most destructive methods and have a track record of pirate fishing."
He said governments needed to be more motivated and proactive in their approach to the depleting tuna stocks in the Pacific.
"Export markets are crying out for more sustainable tuna.
"Governments should be supporting local businesses and communities to develop fisheries along a sustainable, locally-owned model."