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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 the Economic Impact Study in Action, Benefit Soirée  and Annual Hockey Fundraiser.    

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
Economic Impact Study in Action
To improve NFI's congressional communications, SIRF commissioned a comprehensive analysis on the economic impact of seafood imports. The research conducted by Dr. Mike Toma of Armstrong State University draws on government and non-government data sources to create a seafood economic profile of congressional districts.

For the first time, NFI lobbyists and NFI members have access to a condensed and dynamic data set that enumerates in targeted detail the benefits of seafood imports to a given area's job market, revenue and foreign trade. The resulting database will be a valuable asset in NFI's advocacy efforts. 

NFI Future Leaders with Senator Angus King (I-ME)

SIRF Chairman Russ Mentzer considers the project a departure from regularly funded research but one that nevertheless underscores the value of seafood innovation. 

"SIRF is on the lookout for research that will advance the seafood industry," said Mentzer. "The seafood imports analysis has distilled a $18 billion and 5.4 billion pounds industry down to the district level. With the results of the seafood economic project, seafood advocates can make a science out of politics, demonstrating with hard numbers the wide-reaching benefits of imports on constituent economies."

The database and resulting informational one-pagers will be used to underscore imported seafood's paramount role in international trade and to spur lawmaker engagement on trade and regulatory issues that involve the seafood industry. 

These one-pagers were used for the first time at the end of September during NFI's Political Conference. NFI members walked the Hill sharing with their lawmakers specific details on how seafood imports impact district and state economies. 

NFI Vice President of Government Relations Robert DeHaan says that the economic one-pagers enable key communication with legislators. 

"Seafood imports are vital to a state's economic portfolio, sometimes in unexpected ways," said DeHaan. "Now we can pinpoint exactly what seafood brings to a constituency and show how imports need champions on the Hill the same as any other product."
SIRF Announces Annual Benefit Soirée 
The Seafood Industry Research Fund (SIRF) will hold their Annual Benefit Soirée January 18th, 2016 at the Oceanaire Seafood Room in Miami, Florida. Now in its third year, the Soirée has established itself as a signature event for the seafood community drawing attendance from the industry's foremost leaders.
"The SIRF Soirée is an evening for seafood research," said SIRF Chairman Russ Mentzer. "The event gives SIRF the opportunity to showcase our achievements from the previous year and also hit the ground running in 2016 with a fresh jolt of support."
Held during the National Fisheries Institute's Global Seafood Market Conference, the Soirée will feature a fresh seafood menu from the renowned Oceanaire kitchen. Guest speaker Dr. Daniel Benetti, Professor and Director of Aquaculture at the University of Miami, will speak on shifts in aquaculture technology and production that are furthering the practice as an environmentally sustainable and economic viable source of seafood.

Daniel Benetti_ Ph.D. Professor _ Director of Aquaculture University of Miami - RSMAS
Daniel Benetti, Ph.D.
Professor & Director of Aquaculture
University of Miami - RSMAS

"SIRF is focused on science that will improve the seafood business," said University of Miami's Dr. Daniel Benetti. "With aquaculture already producing over 50% of seafood for human consumption and having surpassed beef production since 2013, there is a whole world of innovation that will directly impact growth, yields and profits. I am excited to share my experience and opinions on the future of fish farming to SIRF's audience of industry decision makers."
Hosted by the SIRF Board of Directors, the Annual Soirée generates revenue to fund projects with a direct impact on the seafood marketplace. SIRF sponsors research proposals that focus on seafood quality, nutrition and development. 

Annual Seafax-NFI Hockey Game Fundraiser
The annual Seafax-NFI Hockey Game Fundraiser for SIRF will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on March 7th, 2016. The friendly game between seafood professionals will be played at Harvard University's Bright Arena at 7:30 PM.

Proceeds from the game will go towards completing the Bill & Betty More Living Tribute Fund and the Wally Stevens Future Leaders Fund. 

Last year, Seafax edged out NFI 8-7 in overtime to claim the newly minted Gorton Cup. In 2016, the rivalry will be renewed as both teams hit the ice to score funds for seafood research.

Wally Stevens will drop the first puck, and NFI President John Connelly will officiate. 

During this year's Seafood Expo North America, plan to attend the Seafax-NFI Hockey Game Fundraiser for SIRF March 7th, 2016 @ 7:30 PM. 

To learn more about this event and to donate, follow the link to a letter from SIRF Board Member Mike Gorton

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Quarter 3 & 4 2015

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Bill and Betty More Living Tribute Fund
Bill and Betty More have been instrumental in the success of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP).  The Mores helped train auditors, prepare farms and arrange certification of 358 farms, 267 processing plants, 30 hatcheries and 26 feed mills.  They were also pioneers in their own aquaculture operations.

To donate to the Bill and Betty More Living Tribute Fund click here.
Wally Stevens Perpetual Fund

Wally Stevens has guided the seafood industry as an NFI Chairman, GAA Executive Director and SIRF contributor. SIRF established the Wally Stevens Perpetual Fund to honor his long-serving commitment to the seafood community.

To donate to the Wally Stevens Perpetual Fund 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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