The Southern Maryland Marine Aquarium Society (www.smmas.org
) is proud to host the Fourth Annual Southern Maryland Reef Symposium featuring noted speakers Tullio Dell Aquila of Aquatic Research & Development and Dr. Mac of Pacific East. This event will be held Saturday, November 8th, 2008 at the Calvert Marine Museum from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm located in Solomon’s, Maryland.
Mr. Dell Aquila has pioneered LED
lighting in the aquarium trade and is head of new product development and founding partner of Aquatic Research and Development located in Utica, New York. ARAD is a contract manufacturer and developer of aquarium products for a few of the top companies in the aquarium trade specializing in advanced high power solid state lighting systems. Tullio has spent over a decade focusing on the importance of proper lighting techniques for aquariums and developing much of the technology they are now producing today. He will be unveiling the latest in LED
technology as well as his newest invention, for the first time at this show!
Dr. Mac, a Board Certified veterinarian is well known in the hobby and has been a reef hobbyist for 40 years. His business, Pacific East is the number one livestock vendor in the nation over the last seven years and is the first and only State Certified Marine Aquaculture Facility in Maryland. He will be speaking on his Solomon Island Mariculture Project.
The adult ticket price is only $20, $15 for SMMAS members, $10 for students 12-18, and $4 for children under 12. Included in this price is admission to the Calvert Marine Museum featuring wildlife from the Chesapeake Bay, a petting area of rays, interactive displays, as well as the history of the Chesapeake. Check out their website, The Calvert Marine Museum
for directions and all the activities that are available.
The doors open at 10:00am; check in at the front desk to receive your Reef Symposium passes and admission stickers for the museum. Tour the museum and enjoy the “saltwater” tank displays of the local Chesapeake Bay (who knew seahorses lived in the Chesapeake?), there is so much to see and do here you may want to join the museum and come back again!
There will be plenty of food for everyone as well as one of the best Marine Aquarium raffles in the state, Lighting Systems, Skimmers, Custom Sumps, Bio-Cube 8 gallon tanks, and Gift Certificates are just a few of the raffle items! Vendors will also be on hand selling live coral as well as dry goods at very reasonable prices.
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Schedule of events:
10:00 – 11:00 Doors open, tour the museum, view raffle prizes/buy raffle tickets (all raffle tickets are only $1), view/buy items from vendors selling wet and dry goods, and socialize. Door prizes will be handed out to random guest as they arrive.
11:00 – 12:15 Dr. Mac will give his presentation.
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch, socializing, vendors and raffle tickets will be available during this time also.
1:30 – 2:45 Mr. Dell Aquila will give his presentation.
2:45 -3:15 Short break and the last call for raffle tickets.
3:15 – 4:30 Raffle prize drawing!
4:30 – 5:00 Closing remarks, socializing with our speakers, and clean up.