Update February 10, 2017

The Seaport Hotel is officially sold out. Unfortunately, we are unable to extend the room block. When searching travel booking sites, please use the "seaport district" as a landmark.


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.


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 – RAW2017info@neaq.org

Sponsorship opportunities and questions – RAW2017sponsorship@neaq.org

Abstracts submission or questions - RAWabstracts@neaq.org


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




Click HERE for information on last year's MardiRaw conference.


August 18, 2016

Good Morning 2016 RAW Conference Attendee,

All conference attendees should have been sent their credentials from Animal Professional. You should have received an email from them with credentials that are good for (1) year of the conference content.  If attendee had credentials from one conference and they expired, then attended another conference with their same email then their credentials (username & password) would be reactivated. Having said all that, if any conference attendees didn't get their credentials, still does not have access you can always contact Animal Professional at support@animalprofessional.com and they will help get you situated. Thanks.


April 8, 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


















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