History

South Pacific Tuna Corporation founder David G. Burney (pictured right) in 2007.

SPTC founder David G. Burney (right) with U.S. Rep. Eni Faleomavaega in 2007.

The late Mr. David G. Burney, a U.S. tuna industry advocate and thought-leader renowned as “America’s leading tuna expert” among industry peers, influencers and elected officials around the world, founded South Pacific Tuna Corporation in 2007.

As Executive Director of the U.S. Tuna Foundation from 1976 to 2006, Mr. Burney represented the interests of tuna industry brands and suppliers before the U.S. Congress, as well as various government agencies. Additionally, Mr. Burney worked extensively as an advisor to the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Commerce on issues relating to the conservation and management of highly-migratory tuna stocks.

Most notable is Mr. Burney’s role in negotiating the 1987 South Pacific Tuna Treaty, which gives U.S. tuna boats access to fisheries in the Western Pacific.

Mr. Burney passed away on February 16, 2009. {Read more about his life and achievements here.} Today, South Pacific Tuna Corporation proudly reflects his legacy, and continues to advance his vision of a responsible and thriving U.S. tuna industry.