Each year, some of the world’s leading experts in scientific and commercial topics related to tuna and tuna fisheries meet at the Lake Arrowhead Lodge. Sponsored by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA/NMFS, the annual Tuna Conference recently made its return to the Lodge after a three-year hiatus from meeting in person.
“We’ve really missed it and we’re so happy to be back,” said Stephanie Flores, NOAA affiliate, who led the planning for 80 attendees from around the world. “The Lake Arrowhead Lodge has such a great layout and design that it feels cozy. Everything is gorgeous and the staff is amazing. Every single question we’ve had, or anything we’ve needed, they’ve just gone above and beyond… It’s just magnificent.”
It was also magnificent to mark an important milestone, said Cassiopeia Figueroa, director of sales and marketing at the Lake Arrowhead Lodge. “This was the 60th time the conference has come to the Lake Arrowhead Lodge, making it a longstanding tradition for this group and for us.”
One of the unique aspects of the conference being at Lake Arrowhead Lodge is the opportunity to disconnect from distractions, said JoyDeLee Marrow, IATTC data specialist and assistant to the head of data collection and database program – regional vessel registry manager. Participants are encouraged to engage in meaningful conversations with each other throughout the day and into the evening. This fosters a collaborative atmosphere where scientists can share their current work and gain insights from colleagues from different parts of the globe.
“Being in the woods and mountains nestled by Lake Arrowhead is extremely peaceful and allows people to completely relax and engage in constructive conversations with zero distractions from the outside world,” said NOAA fisheries biologist and conference attendee Owen Snodgrass.
In addition, attendees rave about the incredible food, said Flores, adding that delegates love participating in a hands-on culinary experience with the Lodge’s chef, something they’ve been doing for the past three decades. “Our conference goers come in, cut up sushi and make poke, and you would never see that in any other conference center,” she said. “It makes the experience special.”
The conference also includes a highly revered tuna barbecue and bonfire, which provides a delightful evening of food and camaraderie, said Figueroa, adding that she and her team love tailoring experiences for the different needs and interests of different groups. Additionally, participants had the freedom to explore various on-site activities, ensuring a well-rounded experience for everyone, she said.
“This is an incredible group with an incredible mission, and we are so proud to be part of their legacy.”
This summer, the Lake Arrowhead Lodge is welcoming conferences, meetings, retreats and team-building events from any of our 10 University of California campuses. Other colleges and universities may also book similar events with an educational purpose, space permitting. To discuss your specific requirements, check availability and secure your booking, please call 909-337-2478.