2018 MBI Workshop Speakers & Add-On Session Hosts
Matthew is the President and CEO of Sustainable Aquatics in Jefferson, Tennessee. Matthew will be sharing everything he knows about the pelagic spawner progress they’ve made recently! This should be very interesting for everyone interested in taking on these challenging species.
Dan is the owner of Seahorse Source Inc., which is a small family run micro hatchery for seahorses. Seahorse Source has been in business since 2005 and is probably the most respected breeder and provider of seahorses in the country!
Dan was a speaker at the 2012 MBI Workshop and remains one of our most popular and requested speakers so we are extremely happy to have him join us again this year!
Tips and Techniques to Improve Seahorse Fry Survival
We will be covering different aspects of raising seahorse fry and how to improve survival rates, including broodstock selection, tank selection, system design, maintenance, foods and feeding and overcoming problems.
Ramon Villaverde – Aquaculture on a budget: the art of repurposing
Ramon has been a professional aquarist/marine biologist since 1997. After graduating from college with a B. S. in Zoology and Ecology, he started his career at SeaWorld Ohio. After several years he moved onto working for Discovery Cove and SeaWorld Orlando. Ramon currently works at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium where he has cared for the saltwater fish and invertebrates for the past 15 years. His interest focuses on coral conservation and marine ornamental aquaculture. In his spare time, he teaches scuba diving at a local dive shop as an SDI Instructor.
Add-On Session Hosts
Kelly is an avid seahorse and pipefish enthusiast who attended her first MBI Workshop in 2017. Kelly is now known as the Seahorse Whisperer and hosts “Wine Wednesday with the Whisperer” live stream where she chats with other seahorse and pipefish people while enjoying a glass, or two, of fine wine.
Kelly will be chatting with Dan Underwood and other seahorse and pipefish people on Saturday evening after dinner and again on Sunday at noon before the BBQ. The Sunday session may be a “Live” episode of her popular Seahorse Whisperer live stream!
Tamara currently serves as the Director of Live Feeds at the Dallas World Aquarium. She entered the field of Live Feeds in 2002 beginning with her initial focus on Live Feeds and Larval Culture. Her expertise includes all key facets of the aquarium industry with experience in both retail and research arenas. She has extensive experience in the fields of coral propagation, live feeds and she has successfully bred demersal and pelagic spawners as well as invertebrates.
A Scientific Session for the Home Breeder with Tamara Marshall
Join us for a focused session created with the home breeder in mind. Learn how to bring your breeding to the next level by exploring small ways to make big changes to your approach to larval rearing. All techniques are created with lower budgets and time limitations in mind!
Topics covered will include:
- How to Determine Hatch Rates, Egg Counts, Viability, Background Counts
- Feeding Techniques to Increase Success
This will be an informal talk with discussions and hands-on demonstrations limited to 20 people. Reserve your seat for only $5 using the button below.