Vote for RAW 2019

If you attended RAW 2017, please take a minute to view the below presentations and help decide where you would like our 2019 conference to be held.

Columbus Zoo in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus RAW 2019

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto, Canada

(coming soon)

Please email Jeff Gibula with your choice.  Only those that attended RAW 2017 in Boston, MA may vote for the 2019 conference.

Thank you!


Best of Raw 2017!

For those who attended the Regional Aquatics Workshop last week, you know that it truly was Wicked RAWsome! Thanks to the fabulous hosts, the New England Aquarium.

The RAW Program Committee would like to recognize some of these fantastic presentations as the Best of RAW. These presentations rose to the top as innovative, thought-provoking, and representative of our industry. A special thank you to our at-large judges selected from the audience:
Amy Slagoski
Kenny Stange
Dee Murphy
Allen McDowell
Andy Allison

Congratulations!! to the Best of RAW 2017:

Barrett Christie: Effect of Supplemental Phosphorus and Organic Carbon on Nitrification during Cycling

Rob Jones: Stress and its Effects on Fish (including Mycobacteria)

Sandy Trautwein: Developing a Professional Team: Ideas from the Aquarium of the Pacific

Andy Rhyne: Hormone Induced Spawning of the Atlantic Lookdown, Selene vomer

Matt Wade: Hungry, Hungry Rhizostomes: Successful Rhizostome Culture Strategies at National Aquarium

Jennie Janssen and Brian Nelson: The Cuboid Invasion – Part 1: Sweating the Small Stuff

Mark Murray: Using Electricity to Bridge Temperate Sharks during Positive Reinforcement Training

Katy Duke: Plastic Fantastic? Taking up the challenge of going #OneLess and Fires happen! … How prepared are you?

Update April 21, 2017

We are so excited that you will be participating in Wicked RAWesome!  Here’s some information about the upcoming conference.  See you in May!


Red Tape

Registration is not transferable and not refundable. 

You will receive a unique name badge and must wear it at all times to gain access to the conference talks and night events.  This rule will be strictly regulated.

We cannot accommodate unregistered spouses or attendees at conference talks and/or night events.


Venue & Program

The Conference will take place at the Seaport World Trade Center, located on Boston Harbor, across the street from the Seaport Hotel.  You can access the venue from street level or through the Seaport Hotel by taking the elevator to the Plaza Level and walking the concourse.

Registration will take place in the Atrium Lobby of the Seaport World Trade Center on the Plaza Level.

Conference talks will take place in the Amphitheater located on the Mezzanine Level of the Seaport World Trade Center.

Sponsorship tables, daily breakfast, breaks and the May 11th night event will take place in the Harborview Ballroom on the Plaza Level of the Seaport World Trade Center.

For an interactive map, visit:

The most recent version of the program is attached and is subject to change.  Please use the Whova App to view an up to date program.  An invitation to use the App will be sent shortly. 


Fun Stuff

From Monday May 8th- Friday May 12th, daily breakfast at the Seaport Hotel will be provided (inside the Harborview Ballroom) as well as a morning coffee break and afternoon coffee and snack break.

Tuesday, May 9th- New England Aquarium Icebreaker,  6:30-9:30pm (1 mile from Seaport Hotel)

Behind the Scenes tours, strolling dinner, open bar

Wednesday, May 10th- Harpoon Brewery, 7:30- 10:30pm (1/2 mile from Seaport Hotel)

Brewery tours, open bar, dinner

Thursday, May 11th- Seaport Hotel Harborview Ballroom- 6:30-9:30pm

Dinner, two drink tickets per attendee provided

The New England Aquarium is free for the week to RAW registrants.  Please enter the main building and show your name badge to gain access.

The Whova App has a “logistics” module with a list of recommended eateries, ideas for activities, directions and more!


Green Conference

The New England Aquarium is proud to be hosting a Green Conference!  As such, the program will not be printed and will be displayed electronically throughout the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center as well as on the Whova App. The Program will also be  available on the RAW website:

Sponsorship materials will be loaded on a thumb drive, which registrant will receive at registration.  There will be no swag bags.

Boston is a walking city!  As such, there will not be buses to/from the Night Events.


Registration Times

Located in the Atrium Lobby of the Seaport World Trade Center on the Plaza Level

Sunday 5/7 -3-5pm

Monday 5/8 – 7:30am-5pm

Tuesday 5/9- 8am-5pm

Wednesday 5/10- 8am-noon

Update February 3, 2017

RAW registration is full and the wait list is enabled. You will receive an email from

Event Brite if a spot opens for you. The RAW abstract deadline has passed. You will receive notice if your

abstract is accepted in early March. Hotel nights are filling up, so please call the hotel if you have trouble

booking online.

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Update September 13, 2016

On behalf of the entire New England Aquarium team, it’s our pleasure to be the hosts of the 2017 Regional Aquatics Workshop. 

We’ll be holding Wicked RAWesome May 8th through 12th in Boston’s up-and-coming Seaport District at the beautiful Seaport Hotel.  In addition to a robust week of presentations, networking opportunities and professional development, you can expect some fantastic events. We’ll continually update the information contained here as our program develops.


RAW conference registration is open!  Go to the “Registration” tab to register today.  Don’t delay as registrations
are limited to 400 attendees this year.


The Seaport Hotel is accepting hotel reservations.  Go to the “Travel & Lodging” tab to get the reduced rate and be put in the RAW room block now! If you would like to make your reservation over the phone please be sure the mention the conference so you get the reduced rate.


If you have any questions pertaining to the following areas please use the email address listed below:

Registration or General questions –

Sponsorship opportunities and questions –

Abstracts submission or questions –


We look forward to seeing you for the 2017 Regional Aquatics Workshop in Boston, MA!


Best of RAW 2016


Congratulations to the AoA team for a job well done!  This year’s RAW was a blast, and also full of great information.  Nearly every judge expressed how difficult it was to choose the top talks because of the fierce competition and high quality of presentations.  On behalf of the RAW Program Committee, I applaud all of the presenters and their supporting institutions and am pleased to announce the Best of RAW 2016!


Our judges included members of the RAW Program Committee and select members from the audience.  Thank you to:

Brian Dorn

Beth Firchau

Allan Marshall

Pete Mohan

Melissa Bishop

Becky Ellsworth

Sally Hoke

Eric Hoveland

Allen McDowell

Matt Hamilton

Greg Whittaker

Nick Zarlinga

Congratulations to the following speakers and their presentations that have been selected as Best of RAW 2016:


MacKenzie Bubel and Thomas Knowles – Smells like Ctene Spirit: Methods for culturing the Comb Jellies (Ctenophora)  Mnemiopsis sppPleurobracia bachei, and Bolinopsis infundibulum

Colby Johnson – A pilot study of the effect of gut loading live Artemia sp.  with probiotics on survival during the pelagic phase of juvenile Hippocampus erectus

Josh Tellier – Double your Goodeids, Double your fun: Collaborating with Students to increase breeding efforts and promote Goodeid conservation

Dr. Elsburgh O. Clarke III – Successful Treatment of Eimeria southwelli in a Cownose Ray (Rhinoptera bonasus) using oral copper wire particles

Danielle Haulsee – Internal Acoustic Transceivers Reveal the Annual Social Network Patterns in a Coastal Predator

Mark Dvornak – Shark ray breeding – What a difference 711 days makes!

Dr. Rob Jones and Sam Gilchrist – Botox as a possible treatment for spinal problems in sand tiger sharks (Carcharias taurus)

Chad L. Widmer – Globs in Globes: Thinking outside the kreisel