The MarineLife Aquarium Society of Michigan (MASM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of the worlds natural marine environments and promotion of intelligent Marine Protected Areas. MASM furthers these goals through the education of members and the public about the care, breeding and propagation of marine fish, coral and invertebrates; promotion and support of efforts to eliminate abuses in collecting and transporting of marine animals; prevention of abuse to marine animals in general; and promotion and continued interest in the maintenance, study and propagation of marine life. MASM holds monthly educational programs as well as an annual educational conference featuring tours and presentations from local aquarists and Nationally renown Experts in the study of marine animals.
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 MMC Speaker #4: Steven Pro   -10/10/2011:
 
We are pleased to announce that our 4th speaker for MMC 2011 will be Steven Pro. Steven Pro has had an aquarium for as long as he can remember, but didn't get into marines until sometime in the early 1990's. He started working full-time in the ornamental aquatics industry in the summer of 1995, primarily doing design, installations, and on-going maintenance of aquariums. He has also worked previously for Red Sea and IceCap Inc. Along the way, he was a contributor to WetWebMedia, a blogger for reefs.com and Reef2Reef.com, had over 40 articles published with more on the way, spoken at over 60 clubs and conferences, and co-hosted MACNA 19. He is currently the President of MASNA.


 Ret Talbot will speak at MMC 2011   -4/15/2011:
 
Ret Talbot is the latest speaker to sign up for MMC 2011. Ret Talbot is an award-winning writer and photojournalist with nearly 20 years of experience covering stories from some of the more remote corners of the globe. From the icy summits of the Andes to the reefs of Papua New Guinea, his assignments have taken him off the beaten track and put his readers face-to-face with stories of adventure, new ideas and innovative approaches to commonplace issues. We look foreward to seeing Ret in November!


 Rod's Sponsors MBI Workshop   -3/30/2011:
 Rod's Food is the first sponsor of this year's MBI Workshop on July 23rd, 2011. Rod's has offered to sponsor lunch this year. He has assured us that we won't be eating Rod's!

Thanks to


 Second Speaker for Midwest Marine Conference   -3/16/2011:
 


Charles DelBeek
J. Charles Delbeek is Senior Aquatic Biologist at the California Academy of Sciences' Steinhart Aquarium. Reopened on September 27th, 2008 the highlight of the Aquarium is a 212,000 gallon live reef display. His professional interests include the ecology and captive husbandry of marine fishes, corals, aquatic plants and cephalopods. In addition to writing a monthly reef aquarium column for Aquarium Fish Magazine and Coral Magazine, he has co-authored three popular aquarium books with Julian Sprung, The Reef Aquarium series, considered by many to be the definitive works in the field. Charles is also principal of JCD Consulting, www.jcdaquariumdesign.com


 Reed Mariculture Sponsors Midwest Marine Conference   -2/2/2010:
 


MASM is pleased to announce that Reed Mariculture has signed on to be official Sponsor of the 2010 Midwest Marine Conference to be held on May 21st - 23rd, 2010 in Bloomfield Hills, MI


 Reef Hobbyist Magazine at MMC 2010   -1/8/2010 9:00:00 PM:
  Reef Hobbyist Magazine has signed on as the Media Sponsor for the 12th Annual Midwest Marine Conference in May of 2010. RHM is a free publication both in print at many local pet stores and also on-line.
 
http://reefhobbyistmagazine.com/


 J. Charles Delbeek accepted last speaker position at MMC 2010   -11/17/2009:
  We are happy to announce that J. Charles Delbeek has accepted our sixth and final speaker position for the 2010 Conference.
 
Visit http://www.midwestmarineconf.org/ to get your tickets today.


 MASM Breeding Initiative   -10/18/2009:
  In an effort to encourage captive breeding of marine fishes and invertebrates, MASM is happy, and proud, to announce the start of the MASM Breeding Initiative!
 
MASM would like to involve everyone that is currently breeding as well as those that are interested in giving it a try. 
 
In the next few weeks we will set forth the guidelines for the Breeding Initiative, which will take place over the course of the next year and is open to anyone that would like to get involved, MASM membership is not a requirement to participate in the MASM Breeding Initiative.  The initiative will include a Breeder's Challenge where anyone that is interested in breeding ornamental marine fish or invertebrates will have the opportunity and support to do so.  We will be organizing a group buy for equipment and materials for the Initiative, and we will have dedicated forums for participants to create breeding logs to document, and to ask questions about, their project. 
 
We are also extremely happy to announce that master breeders Matt Wittenrich, author of 'The Complete Illustrated Breeder's Guide to Marine Aquarium Fishes' and Matt Pedersen, MASNA's 2009 Hobbyist of the Year,  have volunteered to act as advisors for the MASM Breeding Initiative and will help answer the more difficult breeding questions posted on the MASM forums.  
 
As a special treat, we will be holding a"Breeder's Workshop"
in March 2010 where both Matt Wittenrich and Matt Pedersen will be in town to speak with us!  This will be more than a simple lecture.  A short lecture and Q&A session from each speaker will be followed by a social gathering where attendees will have plenty of personal, "one on one" time with both Matts.  This will be a great opportunity to get individual questions answered by the experts and to share your successes and difficulties experienced through the first several months of the Breeder's Challenge! 
 
We will have more specific details about the Breeder's Challenge and a date for the Breeder's Workshop in the next few weeks.

 
More details can be found in the MASM forums: http://www.masm.org/mForums


 5th Speaker confirmed   -8/25/2009:
  MASM is pleased to confirm that Jake Adams will be our fifth speaker for the Midwest Marine Conference 2010.

Jake is a specialist in fiuld dynamics as it applies to reefing and has spoken at virtually all of the major marine events in North America.


 More speakers booked for MMC 2010   -7/29/2009:
  MASM is pleased to announce the next two speakers booked for the Midwest Marine Conference 2010.
 
First is legendary collector and diver Richard Pyle. Richard has personally been the first to collect and name numereous species of fish including the famed Peppermint Angelfish.
 
Michael DeGruy will be our fourth Speaker. Michael is a marine biologist, and emmy award winning cinematographer. He has personally seen places in the deep sea that few have ever seen and discovered many new species himself.
 
Thanks to Richard and Michael for coming out to speak to us at MMC 2010 


 Chris Jury Speaking in Michigan   -6/1/2009:
 

Carbonate Chemistry in the Aquarium:
"Making sense of Calcium, Alkalinity, Magnesium, Carbon Dioxide, and pH"
 
Sunday June 28th, 1pm
Cranbrook Institute of Science
 
Join us for Christopher Jury's last talk on the mainland before leaving for Hawaii to get his PhD.
If you have questions dealing with water chemistry in your aquariums, this is the meeting to attend!
 


 First Speakers for MMC 2010   -3/23/2009:
  MASM is pleased to annouce the first two speakers set for MMC 2010, MASM's first full multiday Conference. They are:
 
Sanjay Joshi
John Coppolino
 
A big thanks to the both of them for starting our lineup of speakers!
 


 Need to print a ticket?   -3/8/2009:
  If you recently purchased a ticket for the Midwest Marine Conference you will need to print it to get in. To Print your ticket visit http://www.masm.org/purchases.aspx and print them today.
 


 Conference ticket prices increasing   -12/18/2008:
  Ticket prices for the Midwest Marine Conference will be increasing on December 20th. If you have not purchased your tickets yet get them today and avoid increase.
 
Visit http://www.masm.org/Events/Event.aspx?ID=58 for all the details.


 Forums Back up.   -12/6/2008:
  MASM is proud to announce that the new forum software is up and running now. We have a new clean look and feel to our website and forums as a result of the new software. We will continue to make a few minor changes here and there so please be aware that you may come across a few bugs here and there. If you come across any prolonged errors please let us know.


 Site transition update   -12/5/2008:
  I'm happy to report that we have completed the move to the new Web and Database servers. The new servers are running the latest versions of Microsoft's server and database software and will increase performance and reliability in the future.
 
We are still finalizing some setup and configuration of our new forums software which was 100% rewritten from the ground up to take advantage of interactive web 2.0 features. If all goes well the forums should be back up in the next 12-24 hours.
 
Thank-you for your patience during this transition.


 Directors   -11/5/2008:
  MASM is looking for members that are interested in taking a more active role in the operation of the club. We currently have a couple open seats on the club's board of directors that we would like to fill.


If you are interested in helping to shape the future of the club and have the time and energy please contact us at President@masm.org


 Forums Back On-line   -5/17/2008:
  The forums are now back on-line. I still have a few minor tweaks to perform but the important functionality is working correctly. This down time and hard work will pay off when the next version of our forum software is released.
 
Thanks again for your patience during this transition
Chad Penney
MASM Webmaster


 Forums Temporarily offline   -5/14/2008:
  MASM is performing some maintenance on our forums to prepare for the next version of our forum software. Access to the forums during this process may be sporadic.
 
We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have things back to normal soon
 
Thanks for your Patience,
Chad Penney
MASM Webmaster


 Membership Subscription Change   -12/7/2007:
  In an effort to further organize the club we have changed the PayPal account number associated with member dues. This means that those of you who's dues are payed automatically through PayPal will need to visit the MASM website to renew your membership.
 
You'll only need to do this once, the system will renew your membership automatically (if you wish) the next time it is due. You will get an e-mail notication two weeks prior to your renewal date. To set up auto pay or renew your membership, go to http://www.masm.org/member.asp



 New meeting place   -10/15/2007:
  Hello all MASM members and members-to-be!

Our new meeting place is the Cranbrook Institute of Science!  Meetings will take place on the 2nd Saturday of every month from 2-4pm

More details coming to this thread soon, so keep an eye out!

Hope to see you all there!


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