Hello Dr. Compean.
It is my most sincere honor to inform you that the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists (AIFRB) has selected the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission for its most prestigious Outstanding Group Achievement Award for 2015. The Chair of our Outstanding Achievement Award Committee, Dr. Richard Beamish, has informed me that the IATTC was selected from a list of nominations with the most outstanding record of scientific contribution to fishery science or fishery resource policy. It is our Institute’s highest award for achievement and recognition of organizations that nurture excellence in fishery science. The criteria used to judge candidates include sustained contribution of significant publications, exceptional service to the fishery profession, outstanding teaching or training programs, important discoveries or inventions, and significant contributions to the advancement of fishery science.
We would like to present the award to you, or to your designee(s) at the upcoming AIFRB Southern California District annual BBQ on November 14, 2015 at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. We are proud that several IATTC staff are members of the AIFRB, and we hope that they will be in attendance, perhaps as your designees. I will confirm the timing of events for the day, including award presentations, with you through email, and will follow up with an official letter on AIFRB letterhead.
Again, please accept our congratulations for the outstanding work that the IATTC has performed in support of the conservation and management of fisheries for tunas and other species taken by tuna-fishing vessels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. If you would be so kind, please reply with your receipt of this message, and with your (or your designee) intention to attend our event on November 14 to accept the award. Conversely, please do not hesitate to phone me at 916 224 3656, if you prefer.
My Very Best Regards,
Thomas P. Keegan