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Gatortailale

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  1. WAMAS is excited to announce this news. Via Todd Gardner over on Reefs.com: https://reefs.com/2017/05/02/sccc-marine-lab-recieves-wamas-grant/ "I am thrilled to announce that the Marine Science lab at Suffolk County Community College is the recipient of a $5000 grant from the Washington D.C. Area Marine Aquarist Society (WAMAS). Part of this club’s stated mission is: “To foster the exchange of information, promote captive propagation, encourage conservation, encourage public outreach, and to further understanding of the oceans and ocean life.” In order to accomplish these goals, WAMAS disburses small grants to eligible parties. This particular grant comes from funds raised as a result of hosting MACNA 2015. More evidence of the need for this rennovation This money couldn’t come at a better time as the two 30-year-old systems that make up the bulk of the aquarium space in the lab are falling apart and slated for a rebuild this summer. This rebuild is considered increasingly necessary as we are preparing to offer an Aquaculture course in the next year. When I inherited this lab almost four years ago, I also inherited its modest $2,000 annual operating budget. Hoping to inspire my students with something slightly more intriguing than the resident tilapia, I set out on a mission to renovate. Without the generous assistance from several entities in the hobby, my lab would be floundering (pun only moderately intended). Thanks to the assistance of generous donors, in just a few short years this small room, on a small campus, of a small community college, has been home to some big developments. We house the first Rainfordia opercularis and Gramma dejongi to be raised in captivity. We have added substantial tank space and been gifted a MOLAR system from Roger Williams University. We have provided a jumping off point for aquaculture enthusiasts from two of the local high schools with programs in the subject. We have had students enamored with the science that we as hobbyists know, love, and strive to support. My first year, I spent my entire annual budget on salt. I find myself constantly grateful for the support of the community I am fortunate enough to be a part of. My passion for marine life would not result in real world benefits without the support of entities like WAMAS. I thank you, and so do my students." Thanks to the WAMAS Officers and the Grant committee for making this happen!
  2. Now you need a bigger tank to go with the big skimmer. You know you want a 300!
  3. It's your club. Show your support and help make MACNA 2015 the largest MACNA ever. Head on over to the MACNA website right now and register for your pass. Remember WAMAS Members who volunteer to help us run the conference will get some or all of your ticket refunded post MACNA, dependent on the number of hours you help at the conference.
  4. LOL - on first read of title I thought you sent a picture of a Dendros to http://www.fathead.com/ and made a banner for the shop.
  5. Food & beverages provided. See the posts in Dr. Mac's forum for special. More deals all day long. See you there!
  6. Another of Ret's earlier blog posts on this: Blog story - How Polarizing the Clownfish ESA Listing Causes Everyone to Lose
  7. PIJAC Goes Public: By Ret Talbot See article on link above.
  8. Saturday Sept 13!! Dr. Mac's Pacific East has been an active part of WAMAS since the very first meeting when the club was formed and we very much appreciate their support and kindness over the years. See the post in Pacific East Forums for latest news and details: Hope to see you there.
  9. MACNA History 26 Years of MACNA! Twenty six years and going strong! I Marine Aquarium Society of Toronto April 22-23, 1989 II Cleveland Saltwater Enthusiasts Association April 21-22, 1990 III Windows to the Sea Marine Aquarium Society (New Jersey) April 20-21, 1991 IV Florida Marine Aquarium Society September 20-21, 1992 V Marine Aquarium Society of Toronto September 12-13, 1993 VI Cleveland Saltwater Enthusiasts Association October 14-16, 1994 VII Louisville Marine Aquarium Society September 14-16, 1995 VIII Kansas City Metro Aquatics Council October 11-13, 1996 IX Chicago Marine Aquarium Society September 12-14, 1997 X Marine Aquarium Society of Los Angeles September 25-27, 1998 XI Louisville Marine Aquarium Society September 10-12, 1999 XII Florida Marine Aquarium Society (Fort Lauderdale) September 29 – October 1, 2000 XIII Chesapeake Marine Aquarium Society (Baltimore) August 17-19, 2001 XIV Dallas-Fort Worth Marine Aquarium Society September 27-29, 2002 XV Louisville Marine Aquarium Society September 5-7, 2003 XVI Boston Reefers Society October 14-16, 2004 XVII Washington D.C. Area Marine Aquarist Society September 16-18, 2005 XVIII Marine Aquarium and Reef Society of Houston September 22-24, 2006 XIX Pittsburgh Marine Aquarium Society September 14-16, 2007 XX Atlanta Reef Club September 5-7, 2008 XXI New Jersey Reefers Club (Atlantic City) September 25-27, 2009 XXII Orlando Reef Caretakers Association September 3-5, 2010 XXIII Greater Iowa Reef Society (Des Moines) September 9-11, 2011 XXIV Dallas Ft Worth Aquarium Society September 28-30, 2012 XXV Florida Marine Aquarium Society (Hollywood) August 30 – September 1, 2013 XXVI Colorado Organization for Reef and Aquatic Life (Denver) August 29-31, 2014 XXVII Washington D.C. Area Marine Aquarist Society September 4-6, 2015
  10. MACNA History 26 Years of MACNA! Twenty six years and going strong! I Marine Aquarium Society of Toronto April 22-23, 1989 II Cleveland Saltwater Enthusiasts Association April 21-22, 1990 III Windows to the Sea Marine Aquarium Society (New Jersey) April 20-21, 1991 IV Florida Marine Aquarium Society September 20-21, 1992 V Marine Aquarium Society of Toronto September 12-13, 1993 VI Cleveland Saltwater Enthusiasts Association October 14-16, 1994 VII Louisville Marine Aquarium Society September 14-16, 1995 VIII Kansas City Metro Aquatics Council October 11-13, 1996 IX Chicago Marine Aquarium Society September 12-14, 1997 X Marine Aquarium Society of Los Angeles September 25-27, 1998 XI Louisville Marine Aquarium Society September 10-12, 1999 XII Florida Marine Aquarium Society (Fort Lauderdale) September 29 – October 1, 2000 XIII Chesapeake Marine Aquarium Society (Baltimore) August 17-19, 2001 XIV Dallas-Fort Worth Marine Aquarium Society September 27-29, 2002 XV Louisville Marine Aquarium Society September 5-7, 2003 XVI Boston Reefers Society October 14-16, 2004 XVII Washington D.C. Area Marine Aquarist Society September 16-18, 2005 XVIII Marine Aquarium and Reef Society of Houston September 22-24, 2006 XIX Pittsburgh Marine Aquarium Society September 14-16, 2007 XX Atlanta Reef Club September 5-7, 2008 XXI New Jersey Reefers Club (Atlantic City) September 25-27, 2009 XXII Orlando Reef Caretakers Association September 3-5, 2010 XXIII Greater Iowa Reef Society (Des Moines) September 9-11, 2011 XXIV Dallas Ft Worth Aquarium Society September 28-30, 2012 XXV Florida Marine Aquarium Society (Hollywood) August 30 – September 1, 2013 XXVI Colorado Organization for Reef and Aquatic Life (Denver) August 29-31, 2014 XXVII Washington D.C. Area Marine Aquarist Society September 4-6, 2015
  11. Older post, but this might give you all a little more background on what is MACNA on Melev's reef website.
  12. I MO I'm disappointed that politics influences the real story of the health of the reefs. Yes certain reefs are suffering but officials also make political choices that are far from the truth. But also money to be made by certain groups by raising an alarm as easier to get donation when saying things are in poor health. Look at what Colin Foord presented to us at summer meeting - there is a large stretch of Elkhorn and /or stag horn coral almost 100 yards long north of Ft. Lauderdale, but few know that this patch is there. Also success in the original Miami channel but economic decisions made that harm the existing reefs. And they didn't want to recognize the hybridization of these 2 corals despite the fact that they probably did hybridize.
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