Convention News

The 43rd Annual NEC convention is being held from March 16-18, 2018!

Save the Date! 

More information coming soon!

Registration expected to open in mid-January 2018

 

 

 


 

Hotel Accommodations

 

The NEC looks forward to welcoming you to their 43rd Annual Convention being held at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel in Rocky Hill, CT.  The hotel has undergone extensive updating, the facility offers free wireless internet throughout, enclosed indoor heated pool and excercise room, recently remodeled sleeping rooms, and spacious convention facilities, all at an affordable price.  Up to four individuals may occupy the same room at no additional 'per person' charge!

 

Sheraton Hartford South

100 Capital Blvd
Rocky Hill, CT 06067

    Same venue for our 42nd Anniversary Convention!
    The Sheraton Hartford South is a pet-friendly hotel!Let the hotel you'd like to bring your pet when you make your room reservation.

    Take I-91 North or South to exit 23. Turn right off the exit. Hotel is on the right.

 

We are able to offer a special convention rate of $110 per night (plus tax) for the nights of March 15 - 20, 2018.  This special rate will be available from Thursday March15, through Tuesday, March 20.

 

Check-in 3:00 PM Check-out 12:00 PM

 

To view the hotel's website, please go to:

http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?prop...

 

Hotel Room Reservations are to be made DIRECTLY with the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel.

To make reservations at our convention rate of $110/night rate (plus tax) please either reserve online or call the hotel at 1 888 627 8263 and mention the Northeast Council of Aquarium Societies 2018 Convention.

Deadline to reserve your hotel room at the convention rate is Friday, March 2, 2018!

 

To reserve online, please go to:  https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1707110062&key=DB...

 

Guests can access the site to learn more about the event and to book, modify, or cancel a reservation from today until March 20, 2018.

 

Please contact Leslie Dick by e-mail - NECConventionChair @ gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns

 

 


Early Special Registations

 

Early Special Registrations include:

All speaker presentations

Friday night dinner with keynote speaker

Saturday Breakfast Buffet with keynote speaker

Saturday night dinner with keynote speaker and cash bar

Convention T-shirt with embroidered logo

Ability to upcharge to Golf/Polo shirt instead of T-shirt

Hospitality Room Friday and Saturday nights with snacks and beverages

Ability to enter the NECA cichlid show, IFGA guppy show, Nanotank aquascaping contest

(additional charges may apply)

Entry into our Vendor Room

Free Sunday bidder card

NEC members $155

(available until Feb. 28)

 

Early Registrations include:

 

All speaker presentations

Saturday Breakfast Buffet with keynote speaker

Hospitality Room Friday and Saturday nights with snacks and beverages

Ability to enter the NECA cichlid show, IFGA guppy show, Nanotank aquascaping contest

(additional charges may apply)

Entry into our Vendor Room

Free Sunday bidder card

NEC members $75

(available until Feb. 28)

 

Friday and Saturday dinners available a la carte

T-shirts and Golf/Polo shirts available a la carte

 


 

 

Meals

 

Friday night plated dinner (fish)

Caesar Salad with Parmesan and Pancetta Crisps
Baked Cod, fennel, shallot, crumb dressing
Dessert turtle cheesecake
Coffee / Tea / Decaffeinated Coffee

$37.00

 

Friday night plated dinner (chicken)

Caesar Salad with Parmesan and Pancetta Crisps
Chicken Picatta, lemon, capers, white wine
Dessert turtle cheesecake
Coffee / Tea / Decaffeinated Coffee

$37.00

 

Saturday breakfast buffet

Breakfast Juices
Whole Fresh Fruit
Scrambled Eggs
Breakfast potatoes
Hickory Smoked Bacon
French Toast
Pastries, bagels, breads
Coffee / Tea / Decaffeinated Coffee

$25.00

 

Saturday banquet plated dinner (chicken)

Salad- petite greens, feta cheese, cucumber, Kalamata olives,
with balsamic truffle vinaigrette

Chicken Marsala, wild mushrooms, and Sicilian Wine Sauce
Dessert- quadruple chocolate mousse pie.
Coffee / Tea / Decaffeinated Coffee

$37.00

 

Saturday banquet plated dinner (beef)

Salad- petite greens, feta cheese, cucumber, Kalamata olives,
with balsamic truffle vinaigrette

Prime Rib of beef with horseradish crust
Dessert- quadruple chocolate mousse pie.
Coffee / Tea / Decaffeinated Coffee

$42.00

 


 

 

James J. White Memorial Conservation Fund

Our freshwater conservation recipient is

The Ocean Foundation's

"Sawfish Mating Project:"

 

Researchers Discover Critical Clue In Sawfish Mating (www.oceanfdn.org)

Tallahassee, Florida. April 13, 2017. For the first time in 17 years of Florida-based research, scientists have discovered a mating ground for the Endangered smalltooth sawfish. During an expedition early April to the shallow-water back-country of Everglades National Park, a research team captured, tagged, and released three adult sawfish (one male and two females) in an area previously known almost exclusively as juvenile sawfish habitat. All three had distinctive lacerations, apparently sustained during mating, that match the pattern of teeth on the animals’ saw-like snouts. The team includes scientists from Florida State University (FSU) and the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA) who conduct ongoing research permitted under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to monitor sawfish population health.

For more information on the Sawfish Mating Project, please go to https://www.oceanfdn.org/blog/researchers-discover-critical-clue-mystery...

 

 

 

Our saltwater recipient is the

Coral Restoration Fund

 

We are a nonprofit ocean conservation organization working to restore our coral reefs, educating others on the importance of our oceans, and using science to further research and monitoring techniques. We are dedicated to creating offshore nurseries and restoration programs for threatened coral species. These programs have allowed us to take the lead in innovative nursery and restoration techniques that are implemented worldwide.

Due to multiple stressors in the late 1970s and early 1980s, previously dominant reef building corals throughout the Florida Keys and the Caribbean declined dramatically, leaving the remaining corals scattered and facing extinction.

Through propagation techniques, tens of thousands of corals are grown and maintained in multiple offshore coral tree nurseries before being strategically outplanted on reefs allowing them to continue on a path to natural recovery.
With the help of students, volunteers, scientists, and donors, our corals are successfully raised until they are “reef-ready”, outplanted onto the reef, and monitored. Our innovative techniques are scalable and they are making a difference for our oceans.

For more information, please go to http://coralrestoration.org/

 


 

Nanotank Aquascaping Contest

 

 


 

Fish Shows and Exhibitions

 

NECA Annual Cichlid Show

 

2018 NEC CICHLID SHOW RULES
 

1. There are four classes:
   Class 1. North/Central America
   Class 2. South America
   Class 3. Africa Rift Lake
   Class 4. Africa Non-Rift Lake, Madagascar and Asia

2.  Certificates will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each class, and the Best of Show, Reserve Best of Show, and People’s Choice.

3.  You must be an attendee of the convention to enter the show.

4.  The cichlid show is limited to 30 total entries on a first-come first-served basis. You may enter as may fish as you like, depending on how many entry slots are left.

5.  NECA will provide (24) 10-gallon tanks and (6) 20-gallon tanks. You may bring up one 29-gallon tanks for large fish if space allows. Please email NECConvention@northeastcouncil.org if you wish to bring a 29-gallon tank and inquire if there is space.

6.  Each tank will include a sponge filter. Heaters will not be provided. The room will be heated to 76 degrees. You may bring your own heater. NECA will provide extension cords and power strips.

7.  Each entry is $5. Make payment with your registration on-line at northeastcouncil.org under Convention Registration before the deadline of February 24, 2018. Once at the show registration section, enter the class, number of entries, tank size, and species (scientific name or common name). If your number of entries exceeds the number of slots that are left, you will be notified- Reminder: there are only 30 entries for the show!

 


 

SNEKA Killifish Exhibition

 

 

IFGA Guppy Show

New this year!

Hosted by NEFGA and SJGG