In 2018, SIRF’s annual Soirée was hosted at Miami’s Frost Science Museum. Chairman Russ Mentzer MC’d the event addressing over 100 industry professionals on SIRF’s activities and on-going projects.

Keynote speaker Kristine Beran, a PhD Candidate and Research Associate at the University of Rhode Island, Graduate School of Oceanography, detailed her work combating child labor and trafficking in Ghana’s pelagic fishery. Ms. Beran gifted Mr. Mentzer with a ceremonial garment in thanks for SIRF’s support of the study.

Funds raised over the evening went towards the newly established “Mike Gorton Living Tribute Fund.” Honoring the Slade Gorton executive’s legacy of SIRF contributions, the fund remains open for donations from those unable to do so during the Soirée.

The  successful evening for seafood research would not have been possible without your loyal support. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s SIRF Soirée January 14th in Coronado, California.

For more information on attending the SIRF Soirée, contact Geraldine Espejo.


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