Because I just got back from MACNA 16, I don’t have time to write much of an editorial. I will say however that two speakers in particular contributed very important data. Rob Toonen, Ph.D. conducted lengthy experiments to determine the effects and/or value of shallow versus deep sand beds, plenums, grain size, etc. His work will be published in this publication in due course. The efficacy of sand beds, with or without plenums has been a source of debate for a decade.
Also, Tim Hovanec, Ph.D. delivered a talk on salt mixes, trace elements, and rearing urchin larvae. Beginning in this issue (September, 2004) an expanded version of this material begins. Both scientists conducted carefully designed experiments to provide reproducible data to bring the light of science to two very controversial subjects.
Following, are several pictures of many of our important contributors that attended the conference. Next month I’ll provide pictures of our sponsors that had booths at the conference.