Update April 17, 2019

Check out the schedule page for a link to download a draft of the schedule! Or, just click here!



Update March 13, 2019

As part of AZA’s commitment to building one of the largest wildlife hazards response networks, we are excited to announce that the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) and the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) will be holding a HAZWOPER 24-hour training workshop for wildlife responders at this year’s RAW! This two-day, free training will take place May 18th and 19th, 2019.   OSHA requires all potential responders to be HAZWOPER certified to work with hazardous materials such as oil. This training is essential and must be completed before getting near an oil spill site or working with oiled wildlife.  We are looking for motivated and dedicated professionals who want to be active and visible within the response community and will remain current with their annual 8 hour HAZWOPER refresher training (can be completed online). Once trained you will be able to respond to a wide-variety of environmental disasters anywhere in the United States and possibly beyond.  It is important to include aquarist/life support personnel in these workshops; in the event of a real response, they would play vital roles. Class is being held at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.  Transportation will be provided from the hotel to the zoo on both class days.  Space is limited, register today.  Please click Here to register.  Registration is open now and will close April 22nd, 2019. 

For questions about this training class, please contact Carrie Pratt at carrie.pratt@columbuszoo.org


Update January 21, 2019

Registration is open!  The deadline to submit an abstract is February 1st, 2019.  Click on the Sponsors tab to check on the businesses that are making Retro RAW possible.


Update August 25, 2018

Over the past 30 years, the Regional Aquatics Workshop (RAW) has traveled all over the country and even abroad. We are excited that it has finally come home to Ohio and, on behalf of the original group, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is proud to host the 2019 Regional Aquatics Workshop May 13th -17th, 2019. Retro RAW will celebrate how far our industry has come in 30 years, and what is ahead for the next 30.   

Retro RAW registration will open in November, 2018. For budgeting and travel plans, please note that the weekly program for RAW will be different than in years past.  TAG reporting meetings will be dispersed into the general sessions.  Monday morning will be the official start of RAW with presentations going through midday Friday.  We can’t wait to see you in Columbus!  


Update July 1, 2018

May 13-18, 2019

Hotel is Hyatt Regency Columbus with a room rate of $154 a night.


More info coming soon!


Update May 29, 2018

Another RAW-mazing conference is on the books. Thanks to the entire Florida Aquarium crew for putting together a great week!!
The RAW Program Committee would again like to recognize some of the fantastic presentations as the Best of RAW. These presentations are innovative, thought-provoking, and representative of our industry. It's not easy to choose, so a special thank you to our at-large judges selected from the audience:
Rob Brynda
Amy Tillman
Allen McDowell
Kendra Bottini

It's my pleasure to announce the winners of this year's Best of RAW:

Developing Land-Based Coral Facilities to Stimulate Multiple Ex-Situ Broadcast Spawning Events Per Year for Reef Restoration/Craggs

Utilizing 3D Printing as an Alternative Method to Compensate for Buoyancy Imbalance Issues with Chelonia mydas in Public Aquariums/Knott

AC/DC - The Advantages of Converting to Direct Current Pumps/Bailey

Sand Tiger (Carcharias taurus) Shark Plasma Testosterone and Semen Seasonality for In-Situ and Ex-Situ Sharks/Wyffels

Blood in the Water/Schreiber

Laboratory Results at Hobbyist Pricing: Optimizing Water Quality Testing for Accuracy and Efficiency/Emmet

Rescue, Husbandry, and Disease Treatment of Atlantic Pillar Coral (Dendrogyra cylindrus)/O'Neil

Determining In-Situ Habitat Use and Migration of Sand Tiger Sharks (Carcharias taurus) in the Western North Atlantic/Paxton and Fatzinger




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