June 21, 2017

Established in 1950, The Tuna Conference is a forum for representatives of organizations concerned with tunas, billfishes, and sharks to exchange information and ideas. Scientists, students and others meet every year at the Lake Arrowhead Conference Center in the California mountains.
 
Eight college students won ISSF Travel Awards to attend the 68th Tuna Conference, whose theme was “Challenges Concerning the Conservation and Management of Pelagics and their supporting Ecosystems,” on May 15-18, 2017.
 
The award winners presented research papers (listed below) in moderated sessions. ISSF has sponsored students for the conference since 2011. 
 

Photo courtesy of Pamela Maudsley-Merrill and the Tuna Conference. Pictured, from left to right: Leanne Duffy, 68th Tuna Conference Co-chair; Samantha Huff; Arif Malik; Maëlle Cornic; Lisa Ailloud; Nadya Mamoozadeh; Maite Pons; Gala Moreno, ISSF; Zahirah Dhurmeea; and Shane Griffiths, 68th Tuna Conference Co-chair. Not pictured: Ashley Stoehr.


2017 Tuna Conference ISSF Travel Award Winners

Tuna Conference Scholarship
Zahirah Dhurmeea, 
University of Mauritius
“Reproductive biology and lipid dynamics of albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga) in the western Indian Ocean”

Manuel Caboz Memorial Scholarship
Nadya Mamoozadeh, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary
“An assessment of genetic population structure for striped marlin (Kajikia audax) in the Pacific and Indian Oceans using genome-wide SNPs”

Wildlife Computers Scholarship
Ashley Stoehr, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
“Morphological and physiological specializations for sustained swimming in swordfish: through the thermocline and back again”

Desert Star Systems LLC Scholarship
Arif Malik, Flinders University
“The transition to regional endothermy in Pacific bluefin tuna, Thunnus orientalis”

Margarita Tomlinson Scholarship
Samantha Huff, Duke University
“Age of maturity of Pacific bluefin tuna”

ADMB Scholarship
Lisa Ailloud, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary
“Estimating catch-at-age of western Atlantic bluefin tuna: can we do better than cohort slicing?”

Monterey Bay Aquarium Scholarship
Maite Pons, University of Washington
“Management differences among stocks and tuna regional fisheries management organizations”

Big Data Scholarship
Maëlle Cornic, Texas A & M University at Galveston
“Spatiotemporal distribution of yellowfin tuna and bigeye tuna larvae across oceanographic features in the Gulf of Mexico”