Posted: September 9, 2013, 1:00 p.m. EDT
By Patrick Donston
This August, I had the pleasure of attending a wonderful conference in Maine: the Ornamental Fish Health Symposium sponsored by the University of New England. My praise goes out to Rick and the University for assembling an outstanding group of aquatic professionals (both pet industry and public aquarium), DVMs, fish pathologists and aquaculture professionals together for a weekend. What we all learned together was truly amazing—most importantly, the connections made among the industries working together to achieve a common goal. As I drove home, I couldn’t stop thinking about what I’d learned and the new ideas I couldn’t wait to get started on.
"All” aquatics conferences, such as MACNA and The Aquatics Experience, are valuable tools to operate your business. From a business standpoint, the connections are priceless; from the educational perspective they are imperative. What you come away with is up to you, although there should be no shortage of ideas to grow, compete and challenge the future.
I know the expense for travel and accommodations, and for someone else to mind the shop can be hindrances. If these are your concerns, I urge you to contemplate these dilemmas. Make the effort to attend one of these conferences—you won’t be sorry. We’ve already begun to lobby the University of Maine to maintain and attend the conference next year.
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