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Seafood Industry Research Fund 

A 501(c)3 organization established in 1964

Russ Mentzer
Dear Seafood Industry Professional,

Welcome to the Seafood Industry Research Fund (SIRF) newsletter! Here you can find quarterly updates on SIRF's activities, current research and funding information. Through your generous support, SIRF provides the seafood community with scientific studies that further business and improve the bottom line. Read in this newsletter how SIRF is linking industry and academia with articles on Featured Donor Harbor Seafood, SIRF Benefit Speaker 
Barton Seaver and 2015 SIRF Research.    


We could not fund exciting research without your support. Thank you for your continued contributions. To view past SIRF sponsored research, please visit  and contact us with any questions you may have



Russ Mentzer, Chairman

Seafood Industry Research Fund

Current Events
Featured Donor: Harbor Seafood
Every year SIRF receives generous donations from seafood companies and individuals for the research and development of seafood science. These supporters are extremely dedicated, donating year after year as an investment for their companies and our industry. In the halls of higher-giving, a few companies stand tall as "Ph.D.'s".  Our spotlight this issue is on Harbor Seafood.
Peter Cardone
Harbor Seafood
SIRF Board Member

Founded in 1975, the seafood importer, processor and distributor has consistently channeled their success back towards SIRF research. Founder and President of Harbor Seafood, Peter Cardone, values SIRF's mission as a benefit for the entire seafood community and its consumers.


"The seafood industry never stops learning," said Cardone. "There are always new and better methods for the harvest, preparation and distribution of product. And SIRF, through their industry based research, is a generator and outlet for these discoveries."


A longtime member of the SIRF Board, Mr. Cardone helps secure funding for the organization as well as guide its mission. In the organization's former days as the Fisheries Scholarship Fund, Mr. Cardone would lead one-man campaign drives, calling on business competitors and partners to contribute to the fund. For his role within SIRF and the seafood world, SIRF honored Mr. Cardone in 2007 with the Peter V. Cardone Living Tribute Fund. 


Most recently, Mr. Cardone, along with the rest of the SIRF board, selected the projects that it will fund in 2015. The board aims to support projects that will expand seafood industry knowledge, commissioning studies in all fields from increased traceability to health benefits.


"In the past few years, SIRF has refined its focus to industry issues," said Cardone. "Our sponsorship concentrates on studies relevant to seafood business needs. As a result, we have accumulated exciting information on health and seafood, resource management and food safety technology. Improved understandings in these areas makes for more effective business practices and the marketing of seafood."


SIRF has provided almost $2.8 million for nearly 400 research grants resulting in the publication of approximately 360 related research papers. Peter Cardone, Harbor Seafood and other SIRF champions have played a major role in ensuring the sponsorship and completion of these studies. To acknowledge and thank its donor base SIRF plans on adding a section to their website commending important and longtime donors.


Companies that have given to SIRF at or over the $100,000 mark include:


Darden Restaurants


Eastern Fish Company


Harbor Seafood


The Mazzetta Company

Barton Searver to Speak at 2nd Annual SIRF Benefit Dinner
SIRF will host its 2nd Annual Benefit Dinner on Sunday, 25 January 2015. The featured speaker for the event will be author and chef Barton Seaver. 


Seaver's career in food runs the gamut from kitchen to policy. Starting as a chef in the Washington, D.C. restaurant scene, Seaver learned his trade under the tutelage of James Beard award winner José Andrés. Working in D.C. restaurants throughout the 2000's, Seaver earned the distinction of Esquire Magazine's Chef of the Year in 2009 for his work at Blue Ridge Restaurant. 

Barton Searver, author & chef, to speak at SIRF Benefit Dinner


Seaver's focus gradually shifted from the restaurant world to advocating for sustainability and wellness through fellowships with Blue Ocean Institute and National Geographic. 


Seaver now works to establish the connection between environmental impact, healthy eating and local fishery economies in his writing as well as through his role as the Director of the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. 


Occurring during the National Fisheries Institutes' 2015 Global Seafood Market Conference, the 2nd Annual SIRF Benefit Dinner will be held at the Mastro's Ocean Club in Las Vegas, Nevada. Attendees can look forward to a festive evening celebrating seafood research and its supporters.


Please save the date and plan on attending SIRF's 2nd Annual Benefit Dinner for an evening benefiting seafood research. For details on attending, please contact a SIRF board member or Geraldine

January 25, 2015

Mastro's Ocean Club

3720 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Las Vegas, Nevada 89158

2015 SIRF Funded Projects

In November, the SIRF Board voted and approved its funded research for 2015. In the year ahead, SIRF will contribute over $87,000 to support seafood research studies. SIRF Chairman, Russ Mentzer considers the project list a strong and well-chosen selection that addresses several industry needs. In particular, Mr. Mentzer called attention to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences' project entitled Food Allergies: Global Burden, Causes, Treatment, Prevention, and Public Policy.


"In the past, the National Academy has conducted research that has had a direct influence on important food policies such as the FDA-EPA Seafood Advisory," said Mentzer. "As a representative voice for seafood in the scientific community, SIRF has taken a stake in this study to better communicate seafood's allergen issues."


Led by Ann L. Yaktine, the National Academy research team will examine critical issues related to food allergies. With fish and shellfish being major food allergens, seafood will take the focus of this scientific investigation. As sponsors, SIRF and NFI will help guide the research by nominating committee members, topics and speakers for the workshop and reviewers for the final report.


Other 2015 SIRF projects include:


GRAS Petition for Carbon-Monoxide (CO) Treated Fish

  • Purpose: Add further information on the relationship between color and odor of decomposition in CO treated tuna

Global Food Traceability Center (read research article here)

  • Purpose: Continue SIRF/NFI's role as a member of the Center's steering committee

Communications Outreach with Drs. Nick Ralston and Laura Raymond (read research article here)

  • Purpose: Communicating the health benefits of selenium in seafood 

Issue Date


December 2014

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Ethel Feigon Memorial Fund
Ethel Feigon, the former President of Central Seaway Company (Censea), passed away on March 9th, 2013 in Sarasota, Florida. 
Her husband Gershon Feigon founded Censea in 1960. After Gershon's passing, Ethel Feigon ran the company well into her 80's increasing revenues tenfold. 
To donate click here.

Michael Voisin
Memorial Fund
In 2013, the SIRF Board of Directors established a fund commemorating the late Mike Voisin, owner of Motivatit Seafoods, Inc. 
Mike Voisin passed away in Houma, LA February 2, 2013 of complications arising from a heart attack.

Please consider supporting SIRF research through the Mike Voisin fund.

To donate click here.
More About Donations

SIRF's research and operating funds come entirely from generous donations made by individuals and corporations who support our mission of sponsoring scientific research of immediate and practical use by the seafood industry. Visit our website for details about open funds and information about making donations.  




About SIRF


The Seafood Industry Research Fund (SIRF) was established in 1964 and was originally named the Fisheries Scholarship Fund. It is a tax exempt, philanthropic, educational organization.  


SIRF is supported entirely by voluntary contributions from individuals and companies in and related to the seafood industry.


Click here to learn more about how the fund supports research of interest to the seafood industry.   


We appreciate the opportunity to share information about SIRF, our research funds and projects and thank you for your support!

SIRF Board of Directors

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