The 49th Annual IAAAM Conference and Meeting will begin on May 19, 2018 and run through May 23, 2018. The Conference will be held at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach California.
If you are a vet tech attending the 2017 IAAAM Conference in Cancun in May, you are invited to a Vet Tech Dinner on Sunday, May 21st, 7 PM at the Sasi-Thai restaurant in the hotel. Please contact Joy Middleton for details (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Aquarium of the Pacific along with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) have teamed up to help save the world’s most endangered marine mammal, the vaquita porpoise.
Vaquita populations have declined to extremely low levels with an estimated 30 animals remaining. This is down from an estimate of 60 only one year ago. In order to protect the last remaining vaquita, it has been determined that ex situ conservation, or collecting and bringing the remaining few vaquita into a protected sanctuary, is an urgent and necessary course of action. Experts from the eighth meeting of the Comité Internacional para la Recuperación de la Vaquita (CIRVA 8) have determined that current conservation actions are happening too slowly and that this effort is needed to protect the remaining vaquita. Vaquita are rare and shy animals. They avoid boat noise and will prove difficult to locate and capture. To support this effort, the Mexican Government has solicited the United States Navy to use trained US Navy dolphins to support the location and collection of vaquita. This invitation has been accepted and plans are underway to develop the protocols and personnel that will be needed to accomplish this task and all of the other components of the project.
This effort will be difficult, and while all necessary experts are being engaged, nothing like this has ever been attempted. However, there are no viable alternatives left for the vaquita. If we don’t do this now and continue to establish conservation measures within their native habitat, the vaquita will go extinct in as little as three years. We cannot let this happen.
AZA, along with a number of zoos and aquariums, are supporting this vaquita rescue plan, but we need your help. Collectively we have been able to generate only about half of the one million dollars needed to begin making preparations for the vaquita rescue. We have until the end of the month to raise the remaining support. Will you help? A donation of any amount will help to make this happen.
To learn more about the rescue effort go to VaquitaCPR.org.
The 31st Regional Aquatic Workshop, will be held in Boston from May 8 – 12, 2017, and promises to be another signature meeting of great presentations and wonderful networking opportunities.
We are calling upon presenters to submit abstracts for 20-minute oral presentations (15 minutes presenting plus 5 minutes of questions).
If you would like to present during Wicked RAWesome, please carefully follow the instructions for authors and submit the abstract to the program committee at the following email address: RAWAbstracts@neaq.org.
The 31st Regional Aquatic Workshop
Early in the 21st Century aquariums face an uncertain future. Emerging technologies, an increased information bandwidth, and a society increasingly connected, present a range of new challenges and new opportunities. For the 31st RAW we are asking authors to submit contributions that inform how aquariums will operate further into 21st Century.
Areas of focus during the meeting will include: Animal ethics, Sustainable collections, Research, Conservation, Energy efficiency, Larval culture, Life support systems, Water Quality, and Aquarium technology. All submissions will be considered, but submissions are encouraged in these domains.
All verbal presentations will be video recorded by Animal Professionals and will be available on their website http://animalprofessional.com/.
Submissions not accepted for oral presentation may be directed toward the poster session. If you prefer to present your information in the form of a poster please indicate this preference when submitting your abstract.
We thank you all for your participation.
Instructions for Presenters
Please include the following in your submission:
- Title: Presentation title should be short and succinct, but clearly represent the theme of the presentation.
- Authors: Include the full names and affiliations of all authors; the full mailing address, email address, and telephone number of all authors.
- Abstract text: Abstracts should be informative, stating the purpose of the work and summarize the significant findings. They should include an introduction, convey the main point, and outline results and conclusions. Contributions should be scientifically robust. Abstracts should not contain statements like “this will be discussed;” instead, include information to make the abstract informative. Abstracts must not exceed 150 words.
Submission: Abstracts must be submitted by January 31, 2017 via email to RAWAbstracts@neaq.org.
Accepted presenters: All accepted authors must be registered and have registration fees paid in full by March 31, 2017 in order to make their presentation.
The IAAAM Executive Board was pleased to award Dr. Frances Gulland with the Mark Keyes Award for Marine Mammal Conservation at the 47th Conference in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Dr. Gulland, Senior Scientist at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA and Commissioner at the Marine Mammal Commission has been a leader in the fields of marine mammal medicine, research and conservation since 1994. Dr. Gulland has published over 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts on marine mammals and is coeditor of the CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine. She is a Past-President of IAAAM and has served as Chair of the Working Group on Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Events and as a member of the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Team. In 2011 Dr. Gulland was appointed by President Obama to serve as one of the Commissioners of the Marine Mammal Commission and since her appointment has been a leader in recovery efforts for the critically endangered vaquita and Mekong River dolphin. Congratulations Frances!
During the IAAAM business meeting on Sunday, May 22nd, the IAAAM Board changed slightly after a unanimous vote. Your IAAAM Board members are
Past President - Lisa Murphy (new)
President - Pam Tuomi (new)
President-Elect - Martin Haulena (new)
Treasurer - Tonya Clauss
Secretary - Michael S. Renner
Board Member for Membership - Hendrik Nollens (new)
Board Member for Education - Kathleen Colegrove
Board Member for Communications - Michael B Briggs