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MACNA XX September 5-7, 2008 in Atlanta

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We are excited about this year's MACNA conference. We already have Pre-registered and paid as many as most of the total attendance of the first 15 or so MACNAs, so it should be huge. Combine that with a great hotel, great speakers, cheap flights, and the Georgia Aquarium and we have everything to try to get you guys to have a good time while in Atlanta.

The hotel is great, and the room night of $119 can't be beat, it usually is in the $250-300 range. We were able to negotiate pretty well, but rooms are going fast.

There is a lot to do in Atlanta if people come early or bring significant others - CNN, Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, the Children's museum, the world of Coke, and Hooters (hey, I know my audience) is within a 5 minute walk, and MARTA goes from inside the airport to the hotel for $1.75 - so no cab charges. The same MARTA can take you to the Braves, shopping centers, etc. We are also getting together a kids program (popcorn and movies in the hotel) to allow parents to go to the banquet and speakers. We will offer that at cost.

Oh, and the banquet is food by Wolfgang Puck. No open bar like Pittsburgh, but good food inside a great banquet hall inside the largest aquarium in the world with two windows - one toward the largest indoor aquatic exhibit in the world (over 6 million gallons - the size of a football field) that includes four whale sharks and the other one toward the four beluga whales.


Please use this thread to ask questions and I will try to check in to answer them. You can also check out our website at www.macnaxx.com


So who is going?

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I will be there... :D
 

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Yeah, but you and what army?? We want a big contigent from your neck of the woods.

By the way, we have already met our committment of hotel rooms are are busy renegotiating for more. We based these estimates on the largest MACNAs in the past. We will probably be successful in getting more rooms, but book NOW.
 

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Do you know who is going to be speaking?
 

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We have a few big surprizes that we are working on as we speak. I know that you will be very pleased, but we won't have a final list until about the end of the year.
 

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I plan on attending as well.. hey Tom maybe a few of us from the Upstate can get together and cruise down...
 

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Heh! we can make a "road trip" film!

Wax up the car!
 

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Get the Bimmer all polished, i'll get my Lincoln LS all shiney (hey i may have to get some DUBS...LOL if we can get Hoang out of the LFS's maybe he will come too... what about Cath...
 

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It is a year long mystery - more clues to follow. Winner gets a trip for two to Fiji, to be announced in Atlanta.

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Macna Update....

A MACNA teaser - our main banquet speaker....




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Joanne Ruxton

Behind the Scenes as a Underwater Wildlife Producer for the BBC

Joanne studied Zoology at University and moved to <ST1:pHong Kong</ST1:p in the 80's. She joined the World Wildlife Fund Hong Kong in 1990 to establish their Marine Conservation Programme; a significant task in a place that had no legislation to protect the coastal waters and where massive development was taking place before the handover to <ST1:p<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com
London</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st=" /><st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region></ST1:p. After four Marine Protected Areas had been set up, she joined the BBC’s Blue Planet team in 1997. Since that time she has been involved in numerous underwater film projects.


Prior projects include:

Blue Planet
Deep Blue
Death on the Reef
Deep Trouble
Live from the Abyss
Under the Skin - Antarctica
Under the Skin - Penguins
Smart Sharks
Shark Roulette
Shark Coast
Dive to Shark Volcano
Wild Caribbean Pacific Abyss<O:p</O:p
 

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I'm within driving range now, Tom are you coming down to New Orleans for your Birthday still?
Just a possibility at this point, a long story that may actually go back to the Hurricane...
 

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Get the Bimmer all polished, i'll get my Lincoln LS all shiney (hey i may have to get some DUBS...LOL if we can get Hoang out of the LFS's maybe he will come too... what about Cath...
Tony, I think there will be a nice sized contingent going to MACNA from the Upstate, we can talk it up at th pig roast in May!
 

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sounds good to me Tom... BTW.. what about the Clown :)
 

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BTW.. what about the Clown :)
Not sure yet, but I may have a handful of softies for your system by Monday and a fish or two as well... Pix in a separate thread once I get done.
 

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lemme know..i can swing by just about any afternoon (as long as i get off at a decent time)
 

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This is the last chance to get the $109 price for MACNA 2008! The price for the conference is only $109 for all three days including the banquet and trade show, but will go up to $129 after December 31st, 2007.

<O:pOther Confirmed MACNA speakers:

</O:p<O:pDr. Bruce Carlson
Dr. Sylvia Earle
Eric Borneman
Anthony Calfo
Dr. Alex Brylske
Dr. Kimberly Cobb
Michael Cottman
Jake Adams
Dr. Al Dove
Ray Davis
James Fatherree
Cathy Sakas
Larry Jackson
Marj Awai
Jim Walters
Dr. Rob Toonen
Scott Fellman
Robert Fenner
Phillip Root
Steven Pro
Christine Williams
Matthew Wittenrich
Kelly Jedlicki
Charles Delbeck (will confirm in April due to potential schedule conflicts)

More speakers will be confirmed soon.

Sign up now at www.macnaxx.com or pay more after December 31st!
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Ok, time for another MACNA XX update before the price goes up at the end of the month!!! Check out our website at for more information (the website is also going through a transformation by the end of the month). Let us know if we can do anything else to make your stay in enjoyable!

As you know, we have record numbers of attendees and exhibitors this year, and a huge number of incredible speakers!!
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We are also trying a few new things to entice you – including a Children’s Program involving local venues within walking distance of the hotel for those of you that want to appease your family (ages 5-12) to justify the massive amounts of money you pay for raffles and other goodies. The Children’s Program is being offered at cost, and can be pre-registered on our website starting later this week.
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Also, UPS will have a booth in the trade show to allow easy shipment of all your animals and equipment (or your family if they object to your purchases!)
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You may have heard about the tornado that went through downtown a few months ago, damaging the Westin Hotel (but missing the Georgia Aquarium). There was damage to many windows, which are in the process of being replaced, but there was no structural damage and it is basically business as usual. Friday they gave us another 20 rooms, and they will go fast, so if you want to be at the conference hotel, you had better hurry! We also have contracted at other hotels next door at the same low rate, so there will be plenty of room.
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You may have also heard the exciting news that the Georgia Aquarium is now expanding to include another 1.3 million gallons – making the total 9.5 million gallons. That is the good news. The bad news is that this new section will not be ready for this year’s MACNA. The general exhibits at the Georgia Aquarium will not be affected by the construction at the time of MACNA (other than possibly the outdoor sea lion exhibit).
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The following is the schedule (subject to change). The workshops are limited to a small number of pre-registrants to allow more of an intimate atmosphere. There is a nominal charge to ensure that the workshops are filled. The proceeds will be donated to a non-profit charity of the speaker’s choosing. You should be able to sign up for workshops by the end of this week.<O:p</O:p
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MACNA XX – Conference Schedule<O:p></O:p>
Friday – September 5, 2008<O:p></O:p>
09:00 am MASNA Board Meeting<O:p></O:p>
11:00 am MASNA Member Preview of Trade Show<O:p></O:p>
11:00 am Raffles Begin<O:p></O:p>
12:00 pm Tradeshow Opens<O:p></O:p>
12:00 pm Welcome<O:p></O:p>
12:00 pm Dr. Hugo Freudenthal: The Role of Zooxanthellae<O:p></O:p>
01:00 pm Children’s Program: Children’s Museum ($27.50)<O:p></O:p>
01:15 pm James Fatherree: The Latest Advances in Aquarium Lighting<O:p></O:p>
02:15 pm Dr. Bruce Carlson: Status of Reefs in the Wild<O:p></O:p>
02:15 pm Workshop: Jake Adams: MacGyver Aquarium Techniques<O:p></O:p>
03:15 pm Scott Fellman: Authentic Biotope Presentation for the Aquarium<O:p></O:p>
04:15 pm Eric Borneman: Conservation and Coral Nutrition on the Reef<O:p></O:p>
04:15 pm Workshop: Dr. Al Dove: Test Kits and What do they really mean?<O:p></O:p>
05:15 pm Matthew Wittenrich: Fish Breeding Techniques <O:p></O:p>
06:15 pm Steven Pro: “I touched it – NOW WHAT?” Reef Toxins<O:p></O:p>
06:15 pm Workshop: Bob Fenner/Marj Awai: Photography <O:p></O:p>
07:00 pm Silent Auction Begins<O:p></O:p>
07:00 pm Children’s Program: Young Chef’s Academy ($32.50)<O:p></O:p>
07:30 pm Cocktail Party: Speaker: Koji Wada: Japanese Aquariums <O:p></O:p>
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Saturday – September 6, 2008<O:p></O:p>
07:30 am SaltwaterU Teen Program – Teen Presentation for 2008 trip<O:p></O:p>
08:00 am Children’s Program: New World of Coke ($27.50)<O:p></O:p>
08:00 am Dr. Sylvia Earle: Sustainable Seas: Recognizing Finite Resources <O:p></O:p>
08:00 am Trade Show Opens<O:p></O:p>
09:15 am Ray Davis: Whale Shark Research<O:p></O:p>
09:15 am Workshop: Jake Adams/Tim Woolston: DIY Filtration/Plumbing <O:p></O:p>
10:15 am Cathy Sakas: NOAA Resources for Educators<O:p></O:p>
10:15 am Jim Walters: New and Unusual Fish for Nano Reef Aquariums<O:p></O:p>
11:15 am Larry Jackson: Reef Travel Destinations<O:p></O:p>
11:15 am Workshop: Anthony Calfo: Coral Propagation <O:p></O:p>
01:00 pm Children’s Program: ffice:smarttags" /><?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 /><ST1:place w:st="on">Center</ST1:place> ($27.50)<O:p></O:p>
01:00 pm Dr. Nancy Knowlton: TBA<O:p></O:p>
01:00 pm Tom Wyatt: Advanced Aquarium Chemistry<O:p></O:p>
02:00 pm Dr. Rob Toonen: What can deep coral reefs tell us about coral bleaching, reef resilience and reef aquaria?<O:p></O:p>
02:00 pm Workshop: Kelly Jedlicki: Fish Necropsy<O:p></O:p>
03:00 pm Bob Fenner: TBA<O:p></O:p>
03:00 pm Christine Williams: Keeping Fishes Healthy and Treating Diseases <O:p></O:p>
04:00 pm Scott Fellman: Marine Plants and Algaes<O:p></O:p>
04:00 pm Workshop: Julian Sprung: How to grow your own food<O:p></O:p>
05:00 pm Special Behind the Scene <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com
CNN</st1:placeName> <st1:placeType w:st=" /><ST1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Tours</st1:City></ST1:place> of the Georgia Aquarium<O:p></O:p>

07:00 pm Children’s program: Pajama Party with Pizza/Movie ($24.50)<O:p></O:p>
07:15 pm Banquet in the Georgia Aquarium by Wolfgang Puck<O:p></O:p>
Speaker: Joanne Ruxton – Behind the Scenes as an Underwater <O:p></O:p>
Wildlife Producer for the BBC <O:p></O:p>
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Sunday – September 7, 2008<O:p></O:p>
08:00 am Children’s Program: Georgia Aquarium ($32.50)<O:p></O:p>
08:00 am Dr. Alex Brylske: Uses of the Reef in Medicine and Industry <O:p></O:p>
08:00 am Trade Show Opens <O:p></O:p>
09:15 am Charles Delbeek: Coral Diseases and Pests<O:p></O:p>
09:15 am Workshop: Anthony Calfo/Phillip Root: Large Aquaculture Techniques<O:p></O:p>
10:15 am Dr. Kim Cobb: Records of Climate Change through Coral<O:p></O:p>
10:15 am Kim Hall: The Tropical Diver Exhibit at the <st1:country-region w:st="on"><ST1:place w:st="on">Georgia</ST1:place></st1:country-region> Aquarium<O:p></O:p>
11:15 am Michael Cottman: Researching a Sunken Slave Ship: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie<O:p></O:p>
11:15 am Workshop: (Panel) How to prepare, bid for & plan a MACNA<O:p></O:p>
01:00 pm (Panel) The Future of the Reef-Keeping Hobby <O:p></O:p>
02:00 pm Grand Finale Raffle Drawing <O:p></O:p>
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