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RAW 2018 conference: Aquatic Conservation & Partnerships

raw 2018 conferenceRAW (Regional Aquatics Workshop)

Year after year, the RAW (Regional Aquatics Workshop) is a sell-out success story. This is one event that really doesn’t have to worry too much about self-promotion, and the RAW 2018 conference was no different. Held annually since 1989, RAW provides an avenue for participants from across the U.S. Aquarium Community to share key experiences on aquatic best practices, animal care and conservation effectiveness.

Caring for animals, each other and the Blue Planet

Species360 was pleased to be an invited speaker and sponsor of the RAW 2018 conference held May 14-18 at our member’s facility – The Florida Aquarium. There were almost 500 participants from many of the leading aquariums around the country. Reinforcing a focus on aquatic wildlife conservation, this year’s theme was “caring for animals, each other, and the Blue Planet.”

There were many fascinating conservation discussions on various species, including corals, shark, sawfish, mussel, and giant sea bass. Numerous workshops were held on animal behavior and welfare, the use of social media, and workforce development.

Species360 at the RAW 2018 conference

Species360 presented two sessions and hosted a booth at the conference. My presentation follows below.

Meredith Knott, our Aquatics Product Owner, spoke on “Pooling Our Resources: Using Global Data to Create Invaluable Animal Care Tools” in a separate workshop.

Species360 booth and raffle

The conference provided a great opportunity to speak with, and learn from, our many aquarium members. With the generous support of our sponsor, 4Imprint, we were able to host a raffle for a t-shirt giveaway at the Species360 booth.

Here are a couple of ‘Conservationists’ proudly showing off their Species360 #DataSavingSpecies t-shirts:

The Florida Aquarium

And here are some beautiful photos taken by participants of the many amazing species being cared for by The Florida Aquarium:

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