Frank Baensch and Jamie Craggs were honored with MASNA recognitions at MACNA 2018.

Frank Baensch and Jamie Craggs were honored with MASNA recognitions at MACNA 2018.

via Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA)

MASNA Aquarist of the Year and MASNA Award 2019 Nominations Now Open

MASNA intends to award two leaders a highly sought-after award for those contributing to the marine aquarium industry for their impact on the sustainability of the hobby at its annual conference in Orlando in August. Those considered for this award must first be nominated for consideration by current MASNA members, no later than May 31st, 2019.

Annually, MASNA awards the prestigious MASNA Award and Aquarist of the Year Award to deserving individuals for their work in helping shape and influence the marine aquarium hobby in a way that positively contributes to the ongoing sustainability of the hobby to the future marine environment. Together with MASNA, previous winners of the MASNA Award confer to decide who has given the most to the hobby and industry to be deserving of that year’s awards. The 2019 nomination process is now underway and will remain open through the month of May for MASNA members. This year’s winner will receive their award at MACNA in Orlando on August 31, 2019.

The MASNA Award and the Aquarist of the Year Award are announced each year at MACNA (Marine Aquarium Conference of North America) and awarded during the Saturday banquet. Our 2018 MASNA Award winner, Frank Baensch, and our 2018 Aquarist of the Year winner, Jamie Craggs, received their awards at MACNA 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.

Frank Baensch is the 2018 MASNA Award Winner who is honored for his research contributions and early success in larval culture and reading of captive-bred species.

Jamie Craggs was selected as the 2018 Aquarist of the Year award recipient for achievements in advancing the sexual reproduction of corals.

Biographies of previous MASNA Award recipients can be found here:

Biographies of previous Aquarist of the Year recipients can be found here:

Current MASNA members are encouraged to nominate deserving individuals for consideration for the 2019 MASNA Award or 2019 Aquarist of the Year Award on MASNA’s website at either page linked above.

About MASNA, Marine Aquarium Societies of North America

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

MASNA Goals are to:

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

MASNA’s charter and additional information about MASNA can be found at


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