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09/21/2015, 06:41 AM
The Connecticut Area Reef Society is hosting its 9th Annual Connecticut Marine Aquarium Conference on:
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Doors open to CTARS members only at 9:00am
Doors open to general public at 10:00am​

Buy Your Tickets at http://www.ctars.org/cmac/cmac-ix-buy-tickets/
Tickets are $25.00 - Children Under 12 FREE
Tickets include all day access to vendors, speakers & lunch
Tickets purchased at the door will NOT include lunch (price remains the same)

The event will be held at:
Groton Inn & Suites
99 Gold Star Highway
Groton, Connecticut 06340

The speakers are:
Christine Williams
Todd Gardner
Eric Stenn

09/21/2015, 08:57 PM

09/21/2015, 08:58 PM
Our Speakers:

Christine Williams

Christine Williams started keeping fish while she was still a fetus. While the aqueous environment did lend itself to the hobby, it limited her to freshwater species, and so she decided to be born several weeks early. Through sign language, she demanded that her parents convert her crib into a reef aquarium and thus started her illustrious career in marine ornamentals. After completing her studies in biochemistry and molecular microbiology she went to work at “Animal ER” where unfortunately she was not filmed for the Animal Planet channel (though her feet did make a cameo during a rescue segment). She frequently lectures on reef topics including marine animal disease, fish husbandry, human-tank zoonosis, and fish cognition.

Todd Gardner

Todd Gardner is a professor of marine biology at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead, NY. His life and his career have both been shaped by his passion for marine life and he has written numerous scientific and popular articles about his research and experiences collecting, keeping, and culturing marine organisms.

In 1993 he graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and marine science. After graduation he spent a year working for Blue Earth Films, assisting in the production of a National Geographic Explorer feature film about coastal marine life. Todd spent the next 3 years working at C-quest, the world’s largest marine ornamental fish hatchery, where he worked on developing technology for the production of new marine species. In 1998 Todd left commercial aquaculture to pursue a Master of Science degree in biology at New York’s Hofstra University where he completed a thesis on the early nutrition of the lined seahorse, Hippocampus erectus.

Between graduate school and professorship, Todd spent eleven years working as an aquarist at The Long Island Aquarium where, in addition to standard aquarist responsibilities, he started and managed a breeding program under which he was able to raise an impressive list of marine fish species, including the first ever Liopropoma carmabi, L. rubre and Lipogramma klayi. To date, he has raised more than 50 species, many of which have been industry firsts. As he settles into his new professional home at Suffolk County Community College, he is developing a marine science lab with a heavy emphasis on tropical marine aquaria and aquaculture, which he hopes will inspire his students to look at marine biology as something more than “that annoying science elective standing in the way of graduation.”

Eric Stenn

Eric Stenn is the CEO and President ofAlgaGen. AlgaGen is a marine biotechnology company specializing in microalgae. Their focus is identifying and producing products from aquatic systems that benefit human and animal health. They are a Florida based company, operating profitably for 13 years. The oldest microalgae company in Florida.

They produce a human grade spirulina product called ZIP-100. It is perfect for athletes, "on-the-go" health conscious and re-cooperating individuals. They are the leading producer of Live Feeds for aquaculture and aquarists around the world.

09/23/2015, 07:07 PM
Here's a sneak peek at some of the vendors coming...

Michael Reeve- Bliss - NY
Pieces of the Ocean
AC corals
AquaDreams – Agawam, MA
Exotic Fish & Corals – Milford, CT
Reef Breeders - CT
Marine Reef Habitat - MA
Wet Pets – Vernon, CT
Shoreline Pet & Aquarium – Old Saybrook, CT
Sea Scapes
AX Corals - NY
Triggreef - East Hampton, CT
Reef Junkie
Sassawrasse – Union, CT
Blastomaster – Chicopee, MA

09/27/2015, 08:40 PM
Mo's Reef from NY added

Tickets on sale now

10/01/2015, 10:16 AM
Fins Aquarium and Reef Shoppe NY were both added as vendors. I will post an updated list soon

10/07/2015, 08:46 PM
CMAC tickets for Sat 10/17 are on sale. Buy your ticket online www.ctars.org for $30 and bring a friend for free. Make sure to add your friend's name in the notes.

And Grand Prize info..

Thought our grand prize at CMAC was awesome last year? Well, this year is even better!!! Win a Red Sea REEFER 250 Systems Rimless Reef Ready Systems for advanced hobbyists REEFER Concept - Prize Value aprox. $1299.99!!!!!!!

The REEFER series combines a contemporary, rimless, ultra-clear glass aquarium with a stylish cabinet and a comprehensive water management system, including a professional sump with integrated automatic top-up, and Red Sea’s unique silent down-flow system.http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/10/07/6f777a0dbdbba93439543c00d7e07616.jpg