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Subject: MASNA Coral ID Workshop for EU & Asia, Nov 12-14, 2021. Led by Russell Kelley
From: "Dr. Kevin Erickson" <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 27 Sep 2021 21:41:31 +1000
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Hello all,

Due to the popularity of our first MASNA Coral ID workshop from Nov 5-7, I
am proud to announce that we have scheduled a second workshop for a time
appropriate for Australia, Asia, Africa, and Europe.

November 12 -14, from 6pm - 10pm Brisbane (GMT+10, good for Asia / EU
participants), registration closes at 5pm Eastern (US) on October 15.

Where: Online, Interactive over Zoom

Registration & Additional Information: https://macna.org/coral-id-workshop/

Target Audience: Scientists, Coral Collectors, Exporters, Importers,
Wholesalers, Retailers, & Aquarium Hobbyists.

Includes: Three 4-hour sessions in an interactive AV training call in a
small group, physical training materials including the Coral Finder Toolkit
2.0 (Indo Pacific Coral Finder 2021 and a comprehensive workshop manual, a
$110 USD value, shipped to you for the workshop).

Additional Info: This workshop is presented in English (American &
Australian accents), and all of the training material is in Australian
English. Workshop fee is in US dollars. Registrations must be purchased in
full. Only one person per registration. No transfers, refunds, or group
deals. Sorry, we do not accept bank transfers, Paypal or card only. Note,
every registration includes one set of the physical training materials.
Participants will be contacted after registration with more information on
how to receive the training materials. Training materials will start
shipping the first week of October. Participants are encouraged to turn
their cameras on and engage in conversation.

More Information:

In line with MASNA’s Goals and Charter, MASNA presents the MASNA Coral ID
Workshop.

The workshop will be based around the new 2021 Coral Finder Toolkit, a
suite of proven, practical resources for coral identification. The Indo
Pacific Coral Finder uses a visual approach that makes it possible for
beginners to advance rapidly with little prior knowledge.

Led by Russell Kelley – author of the Indo Pacific Coral Finder & the Reef
Finder – the workshop uses audio-visual and hands-on training, tutorials
and instruction and includes a take home Coral Finder Toolkit: Coral Finder
2021, a comprehensive workshop manual and audiovisual training.

Participants learn how to use the newly updated Indo Pacific Coral Finder
2021 to identify Indo Pacific corals to genus regardless of growth form.
Special emphasis is placed on techniques for field identification, self
directed learning and problem solving. For non-coral specialists, the
workshop rapidly develops basic coral identification skills.

For current or future coral specialists will upgrade their ID skills to the
current state of molecular taxonomy. The workshop provides an introduction
to species identification and how to approach it maturely. The training
applies equally topside or underwater. Even people with extensive prior
knowledge of corals benefit significantly from the problem solving training
built into the Coral Finder workshop.

The workshop also summarizes the changes and implications of new molecular
taxonomy findings while providing an easy- to-grasp, practical, field
focussed approach to coral identification.

What is MASNA?
MASNA is a non-profit organization composed of marine aquarium clubs,
individual hobbyists, and industry partners from North America and abroad,
totaling several thousand individuals.

MASNA’s Goals are to:

1: Educate our members with online and published material, the MACNA
conference, and other sanctioned events
2: Assist in forming and promoting the growth of clubs within the hobby
while ensuring a sustainable future for the marine environment
3: Support the efforts to eliminate abuses in collecting and transporting
marine organisms through education, assistance and encouragement
4: Encourage the ethical growth of the marine aquarium hobby and support
captive breeding/propagation efforts

Links
Registration & Information: https://macna.org/coral-id-workshop/
About MASNA: https://masna.org/aboutus/
About MACNA: https://macna.org/about

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