Monterey Bay Aquarium, Stanford University to Host International Symposium on Future of Bluefin Tuna

May 27, 2015

Monterey, Calif. (May 28, 2015) – Bluefin tunas are among the most remarkable fishes in the ocean – apex ocean predators that migrate across ocean basins for long distances at top speeds.  Biologically, economically and culturally significant at a global scale, they have long been  the target of lucrative fisheries. Today, they face a range of threats worldwide.

Now the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Stanford University – partners in the Tuna Research and Conservation Center – will host the Bluefin Futures Symposium from January 18-20, 2016. It will bring together science, policy, business and conservation leaders from around the world to address the status and future of bluefin tunas in the global ocean.

“Over the last 20 years, scientists have made important advances in our understanding of Atlantic, Pacific and Southern bluefin tunas,” said Margaret Spring, vice president 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 in Monterey 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 Bluefin Futures Symposium 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,

Details about the Bluefin Futures Symposium and registration information are available online at

The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans.


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The mission of the nonprofit Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the ocean.