Hello Aquarium Colleagues and Professional Fishheads!

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is excited to host RAW 2024 for the first time in the Pacific Northwest!  Despite what you may all think, the sun does actually shine in the Pac-NW but in an effort to improve our chances of seeing that bright shiny orb we all covet out here, TACOM-RAW will be held in Tacoma, WA the week of May 5 – 10, 2024.  The conference venue and hotel will be located at the Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma (https://www.provenancehotels.com/hotel-murano-tacoma?utm_source=google&utm_medium=gmb&utm_campaign=murano).  Nightly rates will be around $169/night.  Room blocks and information on how to reserve your room will be available in the coming months.  The hotel is approximately 30 minutes from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport depending on the time of day and traffic.  We will provide transportation options as the time draws near.

PDZA is a “bonus” draw as we have fury, fuzzy, feathered, and scaled residents for those who are so inclined to stick their heads above water.  Come on, even the most diehard of us gill-gurus can acknowledge that a polar bear is pretty darn cool!  We are excited to show off the animal collection to you all and in particular our two aquarium facilities showcasing the Pacific Rim and the tropical South Pacific.  Visit the PDZA website to get psyched up for your visit: https://www.pdza.org/.

Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information as the conference planning develops and where the coffee will percolate, the comradery will commence, and the craft beer will flow.  Come to TACOM-RAW and we will teach you to “live like the mountain is out!”

-Chris Spaulding