Karen Brittain to Make Rare Appearance at the 2014 MBI Workshop


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The Marine Breeding Initiative is gearing up for yet another one of their MBI Workshops, which is slated for July 19th, and while the speaker lineup has been public record for some time now, the show’s organizers made a huge announcement late yesterday regarding the addition of one more. Joining the already star studded cast of subject matter experts is famed aquarium breeder, Karen Brittain. This is huge news for us fish nerds, as Karen is basically a legend of the hobby.

Karen is well-known in aquarium breeding circles, having been doing it for what seems like an eternity. She has seen success with breeding Amphiprion latezonatus clownfish, and undertook difficult projects in breeding bandit angelfish, watanabe angelfish, and interruptus angelfish.

Since living aquarium legends speak to aquarium groups all of the time, you might wonder why Karen’s “appearance” at the MBI Workshop is so surprising. Well, Karen resides in Hawaii, which makes traveling to aquarium shows a little bit costly and difficult. On top of that, she’s quite reclusive, not basking in the glory of the trade but toiling away in the “trenches” of fish breeding. That statement is not meant to be a knock on those experts who run the aquarium speaking circuit regularly, but instead it is meant to be commentary on just how significant her appearance is at the MBI Workshop. Speaking of appearance, Karen will tackle the travel issue with technology, using Skype to give her presentation as a video conference.

Besides Karen, the guest speaker lineup includes Adeljean Ho, Matthew Petersen, Dr. Andrew Rhyne, and Dr. Roy Yanong. We did say star studded lineup right? The workshop will be held at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on Saturday, July 19, 2014 starting at 9am.


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