76th Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Recap

TBF back presenting at GCFI

In November of this year, three members of TBF traveled to Nassau, The Bahamas for the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute’s (GCFI) 76th Annual Conference. Peter Chaibongsai, Addie Spain, and Racine Prinzo attended the conference to present their research findings and to share ideas and perspectives on emerging fisheries science with researchers from around the world. This year’s theme, “Linking science and society towards a vision for sustainable fisheries”, allowed for discussions on gap bridging between social sciences, hard sciences, governance, and proper management.

TBF, a past participant and board member of this conference, used this opportunity to learn more about small-scale fisheries, pelagic species, marine development, global fisheries issues, and more. 

Overall, this conference was a huge success, with TBF presentations sparking conversations from individuals from across the globe. This conference was particularly special for both Spain and Prinzo, as this was their first poster session at a fisheries conference. “It was an amazing experience,” said Spain. “Such a great way for everyone to meet with professionals and discuss the emerging topics of fisheries research and management.”

See the titles and authors for each poster below.

1) Evaluating the perceptions of the speed restriction zones and the protection of large cetaceans – Racine Prinzo, Thomas Morrell, Peter Chaibongsai, Manoj Shivlani, Maria Cartolano

2) A collaborative research approach in support of conservation and sustainability of billfish – Jeremy Higgs, Peter Chaibongsai, Jim Franks, Ellen Peel

3) Potential fisheries impacts of offshore wind farm development in the Gulf of Mexico following the Inflation Reduction Act. – Addie Spain, Peter Chaibongsai, Thomas Morrell

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