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MACNA: A Retrospective

Take a walk down memory lane for some highlights of past MACNAs.

By Steven Pro and John Dawe |

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There have now been 22 meetings of the Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (better known by its acronym MACNA), and this is a personal walk down memory lane of some of those shows. MACNA is an event put on by MASNA (the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America). Think of MASNA as a club of clubs. MASNA represents clubs across North America, and MACNA has been held outside of the United States. In fact, the very first MACNA was held in Toronto, Canada. (See more information about where MACNA has been held in the “MACNA Timeline.”)

MACNA is historically the largest and longest-running conference in North America dedicated to marine aquariumkeeping. It is a combination of an educational symposium and a trade show dedicated to the marine and reef aquariumkeeping hobby and industry. MACNA has been held all across the United States and Canada. The location that MACNA is held each year is a simple matter: it goes to whichever MASNA-member club submits the best bid as determined by the board of directors of MASNA. Think of the MACNA, MASNA and host club relationship like that of the Olympics, International Olympic Committee and the Olympic host cities. Just like cities from around the globe submit bids to the International Olympic Committee in the hopes of luring the Olympics to them, clubs must submit a bid to MASNA to win the privilege of hosting a MACNA in their hometown.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the October 2011 issue of Aquarium Fish International today.

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