August 10, 2015

We encourage you to share your knowledge with colleagues by presenting your work to the RAW audience. With few opportunities for formal training in our industry, information sharing within the confines of gatherings like RAW is crucial to professional development, the growth of our industry, and the consistent improvement of captive aquatic animal care. With professionals of varying experience levels in attendance, presentations are solicited to cover an array of topics. RAW General Sessions will be held on March 22-25, 2016 at the Astor Crowne Plaza in the historic French Quarter. These sessions will give speakers the opportunity to share new innovations or rehash old exploits with new and exciting updates. We would love to hear your ideas for both presentations and posters. Please download the abstract submission form on the RAW website and email your submissions as soon as possible to so we can begin to assemble the program for the week.




Dear Industry Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Regional Aquatics Workshop (RAW) will be held at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, Louisiana. On behalf of the Audubon Nature Institute and the greater RAW community, we are delighted to invite you all to join us for the thirtieth anniversary of this ever-growing workshop for aquarium professionals.

For those not familiar with the workshop, RAW offers a unique opportunity to network with public aquarium professionals from around the world in a relaxed environment as we gather to discuss and present important industry topics and initiatives. RAW annually assembles the largest group of aquatic curators, aquarists, LSS operators and directors from large and small public aquariums and zoos from North America, Europe, Australia and occasionally Asia and Africa. RAW 2015, held in Monterey Bay, California, had 350 aquatic animal husbandry professionals in attendance. RAW 2016 promises more of the same, creating an unparalleled opportunity to make valuable connections with industry professionals.

RAW 2016 will begin with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Taxon Advisory Group meetings on Monday, March 21st, and will be followed by four and a half packed days of engaging presentations.. In addition, several exciting events have been planned. These events include an evening at the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, the Aquarist Olympics, and two additional evening events to be revealed at a later date.

Mardi RAW will be held March 21-25, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Celebrate the 30th anniversary of RAW with the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas!



This year we will be hosting the event at the Astor Crowne Plaza in the French Quarter. The link to book hotel rooms is now live, and can be accessed here:

Congratulations to the Monterey Bay Aquarium for an excellent conference! RAW was superb from top to bottom, and was exemplified in the high caliber presentations throughout the week. On behalf of the RAW Program Committee, I applaud all of the presenters and their supporting institutions and am pleased to announce the Best of RAW 2015!

Our judges included members of the RAW Program Committee and select members from the audience. Thank you to:

Brian Dorn

Beth Firchau

Rick Klobuchar

Allan Marshall

Pete Mohan

Brian Nelson

Megan Olhasso

Hugh Purgley

Julianne Steers

Greg Whittaker

Congratulations to the following speakers and their presentations that have been selected as Best of RAW 2015, in order of appearance:

“Mini Aquariums Coast to Coast: Catch-and-Release Public Aquarium Model”- Knight and Banwait

“Thinking Outside the Box Truck- Long Distance Transports for Elasmobranchs: Department ofTransportation Compliance and LSS Logistics”- Bailey et al

“Project Coral- Captive Broadcast Coral Reproductive Research at the Horniman Museum & Gardens"- Davis

“Mating, Birth, Larval Development and Settlement of Bargibant's Pygmy Seahorse, Hippocampus bargibanti (Whitley, 1970), in Aquaria”- Wandell and Ross

“Sketch It Up: An In-House Approach to Life Support System Design and Development”- Buster et al

“A Submersible Hyperbaric Chamber for Decompression of "Twilight Zone" Fishes”- Wandell

“Advancements in the Management of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome in Aquaria”- Bishop

"A Cuttlefish of a Different Color: Investigating the Body Patterning in Metasepia pfefferi "- Thomas and MacDonald

Thank you for your contribution to our community, and I’ll say it again- Congratulations!


Thank you again to everyone who helped with and/or attended the 2015 RAW conference.  See you in New Orleans!












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