NAAFE first offered a Best Student Paper Award in 2009, to recognize the most outstanding paper presented by a graduate student at the biennial NAAFE Forum. The award and associated travel stipend have been sponsored by U.S. NOAA Fisheries.

NAAFE Best Student Paper, NAAFE Forum 2019 (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada):

Michael J. Weir
University Rhode Island
“National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard and the Polarizing Effect of Market Information on Demand for Genetically Modified Seafood”
Major Professor: Hirotsugu Uchida

Honorable Mention: Smit Vasquez Caballero
Oregon State University
“Fishery Participation and Location Choice Model: The West Coast Salmon Troll Commercial Fishery”
Major Professor: Gil Sylvia

NAAFE Best Student Paper, NAAFE Forum 2017 (La Paz, Mexico):

Keita Abe
University of Washington
“Harvesters’ Dynamic Decision on Fishing Trip Length”
Major Professor: Chris Anderson

Honorable Mention: Renato Molina
University of California, Santa Barbara

NAAFE Best Student Paper, NAAFE Forum 2015 (Alaska):

Yutaro Sakai
University of Calgary
“Subsidies, Fisheries Management, and Stock Depletion”
Major Professor: Dan Gordon​​​​​​​
“Common Property Resources, Property Rights and Natural Disasters”​​​​​​​
Major Professor: Chris Costello​​​​​​​

NAAFE Best Student Paper, NAAFE Forum 2013 (Florida):

David Kling
University of California, Davis
“Taming the Lionfish”
Major Professor: James Sanchirico

Honorable Mention: Sunny Jardine
University of California, Davis
“Measuring Benefits from a Marketing Cooperative in the Copper River Fishery”
Major Professor: James Wilen

NAAFE Best Student Paper, NAAFE Forum 2011 (Hawaii):

Matthew Freeman
Louisiana State University
“An Experimental Analysis of the Lobbying Activity of Fishers with Heterogeneous Preferences”
Major Professor: Chris Anderson

Honorable Mention: Gina Shamshak
University of Rhode Island
“Economic Evaluation of Capture-Based Bluefin Tuna Aquaculture on the US East Coast”
Major Professor: James Anderson​​​​​​​

NAAFE Best Student Paper, NAAFE Forum 2009 (Rhode Island):

Josh Abbott
University of California, Davis
“Rent Dissipation and Efficient Rationalization in For-Hire Recreational Fishing”
Major Professor: Jim Wilen

Honorable Mention: Gina Shamshak
University of Rhode Island
“Application of a Dynamic Stochastic Adaptive Bioeconomic Model to Evaluate the Economics of Offshore Bluefin Tuna Aquaculture”
Major Professor: James Anderson

Honorable Mention: Matthew Freeman
University of Rhode Island
“Sequential License Buyback Auctions: An Experimental Analysis”
Major Professor: Chris Anderson