June 20, 201

On behalf of the entire Monterey Bay Aquarium team, it’s our pleasure to serve as hosts for 2015’s Regional Aquatics Workshop.  Over RAW’s storied and evolving 25+ year history the conference has graced the shores of the West Coast only once before in 2005.  We’re thrilled to bring RAW back to California once more!

We’ll be holding RAW 2015 on March 2nd through 6th in downtown Monterey at the picturesque Monterey Marriott.  In addition to a robust week of presentations, networking opportunities and professional development, you can expect some fantastic supporting events and an intimate look into Monterey Bay Aquarium’s facilities and operations.  You will find all of the information you need to navigate your week with us here on this website.  We’ll continually update the information contained here as our program develops.

Monterey’s past, present and future are rich in offerings sure to enthrall any marine scientist.  Often recognized as one of the world’s greatest meetings of land, sea and sky, Monterey’s natural beauty is truly unique and not to be missed.  From Doc Ricketts, John Steinbeck and Cannery Row to today’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, our robust system of Marine Protected Areas and the Monterey Bay Aquarium itself, the area’s heart is firmly planted in its diverse marine ecosystem.

We welcome and encourage you to spend time in the area before or after the conference if you can.  Whether you go for a dive in a local kelp forest, kayak the shore or slough, catch a whale watching expedition, visit our tidepools, tour some of the most scenic coastline in the world, or even take in a round of golf, Monterey has far more to offer than can possibly be squeezed into one week.

We look forward to seeing you for the 2015 Regional Aquatics Workshop in Monterey, CA!

Paul Clarkson
Monterey Bay Aquarium