It is a great pleasure to announce the “Best of RAW” for 2013.


The following speakers and presentations have been selected at the BEST OF RAW2013 by the RAW2013 Program Committee and select members of the RAW conference:


Manny Ezcurra and Paul Clarkson               Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Project White Shark at 10 Years Old (or How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot)


Al Dove                 Georgia Aquarium

Whale Shark Aggregations in Yucatan, Mexico


Paula Carlson         Dallas World Aquarium

An Update on Sawfish in Aquaria: The Global Conservation Strategy


Greg Barord                       City University of New York, Brooklyn College

500 Million Years on Earth and We Still Don’t Know Jack: The Life of Nautilus


Becca Gangler                   Ripley’s Aquarium – Myrtle Beach

Ovariectomy of Sub-Adult Southern Rays (Dasyatis americana) to Prevent Reproduction and Future Reproductive Problems


Krik Embree                       Central Campus Aquarium Science

Central Campus Revisited…..What have We Done?


The RAW Program Committee would also like to acknowledge the RAW2011 Student Scholarship presentation: “Brushing” Up on Octopus Enrichment. This talk was presented by Kristin Simmons  of the Oregon Sea Grant – Aquatic Animal Health Program – Hatfield Marine Science Center.


Again this year, all Best of RAW2013 speakers and, for the first time this year, the RAW2011 scholarship speaker, are invited to present at this year’s AZA Annual Conference during the Best of RAW sessions within the Aquarium Programming Track.


Thank you to the Georgia Aquarium, hosts of this year’s RAW. It was an excellent conference.


Congratulations, Speakers!

See you all next year in North Carolina!


The Regional Aquatics Workshop Program Committee



April 12, 2013.


Hello Colleagues!


On behalf of Georgia Aquarium, the Zoological Operations Department welcomes you to RAW 2013 here in Atlanta.  Whether our fair city is known to you as The ATL or Hotlanta, we are excited you’re here for the 27th annual gathering of professional aquarists, conservationists and scientists, all of whom will have great opportunities to learn, network with peers and create new friendships.  The Aquarium team has been diligently preparing for your time in Atlanta and we hope that effort is reflected in the general sessions program, fun evening events and opportunities to get to see our institution up close and personal.


It wouldn’t be April in Atlanta without a fine, yellow layer of pine pollen covering every available surface, such as auto vehicles, outdoor tables, etc.  Let’s hope the weather cooperates this month, with a bit of rain here and there to wash that pollen away, but with sunny warm skies most of the time.  As some of you know, Atlanta and the nearby region are rich in American history sites, especially those associated with the War Between the States and the Civil Rights Movement.  The Southern Appalachians are regarded by ecologists as the center of North American aquatic biodiversity.  While you’re in town or traveling through the area, there are abundant opportunities to experience this history and natural beauty.  Examples include the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, Zoo Atlanta, The Atlanta Botanical Garden or, further afield, Tennessee Aquarium.  We urge you to take advantage of these options as time allows.


However, we’re together here this month primarily to build our knowledge base, share our experiences and further advance our overall mission to conserve aquatic resources and help teach others the importance of doing so.  Of course, we hope to have a little fun along the way.


Again, welcome to RAW 2103.  Have a fantastic week!


Chris Coco & Kevin Curlee

Georgia Aquarium


RAW 2013 Overview


Monday, April 22           Taxon Advisory Group Meetings 8:00 am 5:00 pm


Hospitality suite 7:00 pm 10:00 pm

Located in Salon IV and V


Tuesday, April 23           First Day of Talks — 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Topics: Conservation Part I and Animal Management & Training


Evening Event at Georgia Aquarium 6:30 pm– 10:00 pm

o    Enter at  main entrance

o    Drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres


Wednesday, April 24      Second Day of talks — 8:00 am – 3:00 pm


Topics: Animal Health and Natural Disaster Preparation and Recovery


Georgia Aquarium Behind the Scenes Tours 4:00 pm

o    Enter at main entrance

o    Meet and greet with staff


Hospitality Suite 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Located in Salon IV and V


Thursday, April 25         Third Day of Talks — 8:00 am – 5:15pm


Topics: Exhibitry Part I, Propagation, Live Collection Management and Professional Development and Aquarist Training


Ventanas Cocktail Reception 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

o    Poster Session 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

o    Drinks and hors d’oeuvres


Friday, April 26             Final Day of Talks - 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


Topics:  Exhibitry Part II and Conservation Part II

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