The Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) is the oldest marine aquarium conference in North America.

MACNA is managed by the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA), supporting the goals and programs of the MASNA charter.

MACNA is a combination of several events. It is an educational symposium where people can attend lectures from industry leaders, conservationists, authors, and scientists. It is also a trade show where hobbyists can buy the hottest new corals and see new cutting edge equipment. Attendees can also give their feedback to manufacturers so they can continue to bring us the innovations we are looking for. And lastly it is a social event. Many speakers, vendors, and hobbyists come to socialize with each other. It gives people an opportunity to put faces with names they might see on a message board or email.

The 31 Years of MACNA!

MACNA Location (Click for Photos) Dates MASNA Student Scholarship Recipients MASNA Award Recipients Keynote / Banquet Speaker(s)
I Marine Aquarium Society of Toronto April 22-23, 1989     Helmut Debelius, Martin Moe
II Cleveland Saltwater Enthusiasts Association April 21-22, 1990     Neville Coleman
III Windows to the Sea Marine Aquarium Society (New Jersey) April 20-21, 1991     Helmut Debelius
IV Florida Marine Aquarium Society September 20-21, 1992      
V Marine Aquarium Society of Toronto September 12-13, 1993     Dr. Daphne Fautin & Dr. Robert Richmond
VI Cleveland Saltwater Enthusiasts Association October 14-16, 1994     Dr. Richard Pyle
VII Louisville Marine Aquarium Society September 14-16, 1995   Martin Moe Dr. Gerald Allen
VIII Kansas City Metro Aquatics Council October 11-13, 1996   Tom Frakes  
IX Chicago Marine Aquarium Society September 12-14, 1997   Bill Addison Julian Sprung & Charles Delbeek
X Marine Aquarium Society of Los Angeles September 25-27, 1998   Dr. Bruce Carlson John Dyer
XI Louisville Marine Aquarium Society September 10-12, 1999   Scott Michael Burt Jones & Maurine Shimlock
XII Florida Marine Aquarium Society (Fort Lauderdale) September 29 – October 1, 2000   Larry Jackson  
XIII Chesapeake Marine Aquarium Society (Baltimore) August 17-19, 2001   Dr. Ron Shimek Dr. Charlie Veron
XIV Dallas-Fort Worth Marine Aquarium Society September 27-29, 2002   Eric Borneman Walt Smith
XV Louisville Marine Aquarium Society September 5-7, 2003   Anthony Calfo Denise & Larry Tackett
XVI Boston Reefers Society October 14-16, 2004   Julian Sprung Dr. Richard Pyle
XVII Washington D.C. Area Marine Aquarium Society September 16-18, 2005   Bob Fenner Jon Hoech
XVIII Marine Aquarium and Reef Society of Houston September 22-24, 2006   Dr. Sanjay Joshi Walt Smith
XIX Pittsburgh Marine Aquarium Society September 14-16, 2007   Dr. Randy Holmes-Farley Dr. Gerald Allen
XX Atlanta Reef Club September 5-7, 2008   Charles Delbeek Joanne Ruxton
XXI New Jersey Reefers Club (Atlantic City) September 25-27, 2009 Brita Mjos Matt Pedersen Richie Kohler
XXII Orlando Reef Caretakers Association September 3-5, 2010 Kristin Privitera-Johnson Dr. Matt Wittenrich David Vosseler
XXIII Greater Iowa Reef Society (Des Moines) September 9-11, 2011 Chris Jury Dana Riddle David Hannan
XXIV Dallas Ft Worth Marine Aquarium Society September 28-30, 2012 Zach Ostroff & Bobby Ortiz Kevin Kohen Jean-Michel Cousteau
XXV Florida Marine Aquarium Society (Hollywood) August 30 – September 1, 2013 Adeljean Ho & Drew Delorenzo Todd Gardner Dr. Richard Pyle
XXVI Colorado Organization for Reef and Aquatic Life (Denver) August 29-31, 2014 Ross DeAngelis & Sam May Richard Ross Dr. Luiz Rocha
XXVII Washington D.C. Area Marine Aquarist Society September 4-6, 2015 Liz Marchio & Tim Lyons Terry Siegel Dr. Bruce Carlson
XXVIII San Diego Marine Aquarium Foundation September 9-11, 2016 Elizabeth Groover & Kory Enneking Joe Yaiullo Jason Hewlett (Entertainer)
XXIX Bayou Reefkeeping (New Orleans) August 25 – 27, 2017 Ben Titus & Mathias Wagner Dr. Andrew Rhyne & Karen Brittain Richard Ross & Michael Goudeau (Entertainer)
XXX Las Vegas, Nevada September 7 – 9, 2018 Michael Connelly, Gabrielle Baillargeon Frank Baensch & Jamie Craggs Dr. Charlie Veron
XXXI Lake Buena Vista, Florida August 30 – September 1, 2019

The Early MACNA’s

Tom McCarthy of the Cleveland Saltwater Enthusiasts’ Association (C-SEA) made a phone call to Scott Dyer of the Marine Aquarium Society of Toronto (MAST). The idea presented was to organize a joint event featuring a prominent speaker to be attended by both societies’ memberships. Scott replied to Tom that he had been thinking along the same lines and it was from this simple start that the idea of a weekend conference was born. MAST agreed to host the first Marine Aquarium Conference of North America (MACNA) and C-SEA agreed to reciprocate the following year.

MACNA I (1989)

MACNA II (1990)

MACNA III (1991)

MACNA IV (1992)

MACNA V (1993)

MACNA VI (1994)

MACNA VII (1995)

Notable products showcased at MACNA

• MACNA 2005: Ecotech Marine VorTech prototype
• MACNA 2008: Ecotech Marine VorTech MP40
• MACNA 2011: Ecotech Marine VorTech MP60
• MACNA 2012: BuildMyLED
• MACNA 2013: Ecotech Reef Link
• MACNA 2013: Apex Fusion
• MACNA 2014: MaxSpect Gyre Pump
• MACNA 2015: Ecotech Vectra M1 D.C. pump
• MACNA 2015: Smart ATO Micro
• MACNA 2015: MindStream
• MACNA 2016: Alkalinity Monitor

External Links

Third Party Reviews

• Reef Builders: 11 Reasons to go to a MACNA conference
• Melev’s Reef: What is MACNA? Why should you attend?
• MACNA 1989: MAST’S History
• MACNA 1992: Dave Sheehy’s MACNA 1992 Review
• MACNA 1993: MAST’s History
• MACNA 1994: Announcement of MACNA VI
• MACNA 2000: Terry Siegel’s review of MACNA XII 2000
• MACNA 2000: Petcha.com’s review of MACNA XII 2000
• MACNA 2002: Kevin Kuykendall’s MACNA Mania
• MACNA 2003: Melev’s Review
• MACNA 2005: Fishfreek’s aquariumadvice Review
• MACNA 2005: Melev’s photos / review of speakers
• MACNA 2010: MACNA XXII – Matt Pedersen’s Story
• MACNA 2010: Gary Parr’s MACNA 2010 review
• MACNA 2015: Melev’s MACNA 2015 recap

Third Party Pictures

• MACNA 1989: Poster of the first MACNA
• MACNA 1998: Aquarium Design’s photos.
• MACNA 1999: Tim O’Dear’s photos
• MACNA 2003: Melev’s photos
• MACNA 2004: Ewan’s Reef Central photos
• MACNA 2005: Melev’s photos
• MACNA 2006: Rendos’ Reef Central photos
• MACNA 2006: MASNA Booth
• MACNA 2007: Melev’s photos.
• MACNA 2007: Walt’s MACNA 2007 Banquet Video.
• MACNA 2008: Victor90’s ReefCentral photos.
• MACNA 2012: Melev’s photos.
• MACNA 2014: Matt Rogers’ 3Reef photos.