The Seafood Industry Research Fund Board of Directors hosted their 10th Annual SIRF Benefit Soiree on January 22, 2024, at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes, Florida. Guest speaker Dr. Megan Davis, Director of Queen Conch Lab, Florida Atlantic University, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, educated the industry on the queen conch life cycle and innovating ways to save the species.

The SIRF Board, sponsors, and guests raised $86,000 in honor of former NFI President John Connelly. The donations will help sponsor a graduate student or a study that will benefit the seafood industry.

Thank you to the SIRF Board Members:
Sean O’Scannlain, Fortune International
Jim Bonnvie, Seafax
Bill Dresser, Sea Port Products
Dan DiDonato, Lineage Logistics
Jordan Mazzetta, Eddie M’s
Larsen Mettler, S2G Ventures
Russell Mentzer
Christine Ngo, H & N Group
Wynter Courmont, Diversified Communications
Ben Schwartz, Harbor Seafood
Jeff Stern, CenSea
Mike Walsh, Northwest Seafoods

Special thanks go to the SIRF sponsors:
Tom Mazzetta, Mazzetta Co.
Barry Markman, Mark Foods
Mark Soderstrom, Southstream Seafood
Dick Jones, Blue Ocean Mariculture