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Old 01-18-2012, 10:37 AM   #1
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Marine Aquatic Conference of Illinois

Hello aquariumadvice!

CMAS (Chicago Marine Aquarium Society) cordially invites you to the Marine Aquatic Conference of Illinois.

This exciting event is being held on March 11, 2012, so buy your tickets now and get ready for great aquarium loving fun.

This event is being present by Marine Geek and will feature a fun filled day of manufacturer and vendor display booths, guest speakers, educational workshops, reef awareness presentations, and community frag & fish sellers. Build your own reef ball for only $25 and help support our natural reefs!

Activities for the kids will be ongoing, as will the mega raffle with products and goods graciously provided by many of your favorite manufacturers and vendors!

All of this fun will be held at the Pheasant Run Resort located in St. Charles Illinois just outside of Chicago. Pheasant Run is a midwest mega resort with restaurants, lounges, golf, spas and a world class hotel among other amenities. Buy now to reserve accomodations for only $99 per night.

Door goodies to the first 1,000 people through the door will be provided by Dr. Foster & Smith Aquatics.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the event please click here.

Entry to the show floor is only $18 and children under 17 enter free. Book your tickets soon as these event will sell out soon! We will see you there!

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Old 01-18-2012, 10:40 AM   #2
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Reef Ball Workshop

So what is a "reef ball"? Glad you asked! The Reef Ball foundation is a not-for-profit organization who is helping to restore our natural deteriorating reefs. From their website Reef Ball Foundation: Getting Grants For Your Project
Our mission is to rehabilitate our world's oceanreef ecosystems and to protect our natural reef systems using Reef Ball artificial reef technologies. Reef Balls are artificial reef modules placed in the ocean to form reef habitat.

We have placed Reef Balls™ in 59+ countries and our projects have a global reach of 70+ countries. We have conducted over 4,000 projects and deployed over 1/2 million Reef Balls.

Our projects include designed artificial reefs, ground breaking coral propagation and planting systems, estuary restoration, red mangrove plantings, oyster reef restoration, erosion control (often beach erosion), and expert collaberation on a variety of oceanic issues.

We work with governments, other NGOs, businesses, schools, research institutes, private individuals and community organizations and emphasize education on preserving and protecting our natural reefs.

At M.A.C.I., the Reef Ball Foundation will be offering an informational event that allows coral lovers the ability to build their own reef ball. For just $25, the first 50 people to sign up for the presentation will receive a miniature Reef Ball and will be able to glue top quality corals to their reef ball before taking it home. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Reef Ball foundation. Here is your opportunity to give back to the natural environment we all love!

After purchasing your ticket to M.A.C.I.,register to build a reef ball! This event will fill up fast.
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