We are pleased to announce that this year’s Midwest Marine Conference will be held on November 4th-6th, 2011. The Conference will kick off with a reception at the Radisson of Bloomfield Hills on Friday night. The conference will resume on Saturday and Sunday with nationally renowned speakers, workshops, raffles, and contests.
We are very excited to announce an Aquascaping Contest that will run over the course of the conference weekend. Attendees will compete against each other designing interesting aquascapes. Attendees will vote on their favorites and cash prizes will be awarded to the top two participants. Stay tuned as we announce more details in the coming weeks.
MASM members in good standing can get tickets at the early bird special of only $15 a person and non-Member tickets are only $25 per person. This offer is only good until May 15th so get your tickets today.
We just had our second speaker accept. So here is the lineup so far:
J. Charles Delbeek is Senior Aquatic Biologist at the California Academy of Sciences' Steinhart Aquarium. Reopened on September 27th, 2008 the highlight of the Aquarium is a 212,000 gallon live reef display. His professional interests include the ecology and captive husbandry of marine fishes, corals, aquatic plants and cephalopods. In addition to writing a monthly reef aquarium column for Aquarium Fish Magazine and Coral Magazine, he has co-authored three popular aquarium books with Julian Sprung, The Reef Aquarium series, considered by many to be the definitive works in the field. Charles is also principal of JCD Consulting, www.jcdaquariumdesign.com
An award-winning filmmaker and television host specializing in natural history and underwater programming, deGruy’s 25+ year career has allowed him to produce and film in the world's most remote and spectacular locations. deGruy founded the Santa Barbara based Production Company, The Film Crew, Inc., in 1979. The Film Crew houses full production and post-production facilities.
Mike deGruy has a BS in Marine Zoology and three years of a PhD program in Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii. He sits on three boards in Santa Barbara and speaks frequently in International venues.
Mike has been involved in the production of over 20 films including Tempest From the Deep, Blue Planet, Pacific Abyss, and Last Mysteries of the Titanic. Mike has also been the recipient of over 30 National and International awards including multiple EMMY's.
Ret Talbot is the latest speaker to sign up for MMC 2011. Ret Talbot is an award-winning writer and photojournalist with nearly 20 years of experience covering stories from some of the more remote corners of the globe. From the icy summits of the Andes to the reefs of Papua New Guinea, his assignments have taken him off the beaten track and put his readers face-to-face with stories of adventure, new ideas and innovative approaches to commonplace issues. We look foreward to seeing Ret in November!
this will be a first for me! definitely looking forward to going. i might not make it all days but for sure for the swap and raffle! its an hour drive for me each day so over 3 days that might seem a bit much.
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