Aquarium, Stanford University to host bluefin tuna symposium


James Wright, Senior Editor

Published on
May 29, 2015

The Monterey Bay Aquarium and Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., which are partners in the Tuna Research and Conservation Center, will host a Bluefin Futures Symposium from 18-20 January 2016.

The event will convene science, policy, business and conservation leaders from around the world to address the status and future of bluefin tuna populations.

“Over the last 20 years, scientists have made important advances in our understanding of Atlantic, Pacific and Southern bluefin tunas,” said Margaret Spring, VP of conservation and science and chief conservation officer for the Monterey Bay Aquarium. “Still, each species has critical, unresolved research and management challenges requiring innovative solutions and global cooperation. This is an opportunity to bring together the best minds from around the world to shape a sustainable future for bluefin tunas.” 

The three-day program will cover the latest scientific knowledge for all three species, existing and emerging fisheries management tools, the economics of the bluefin tuna industry and trade, the emerging role of tuna aquaculture, and the impacts of climate change.

The ultimate goal is to shape a vision for healthy, sustainable bluefin populations by 2030. Sponsors of the event include Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO; the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; The Pew Charitable Trusts; The David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment; Tag-A-Giant; and the Center for Ocean Solutions. 

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