MASNA Donates $2,500 TO A.D.E. Project


Official MASNA Press Release

Atlanta, Georgia, October 22, 2018 –
MASNA® is proud to announce that with our earnings from raffle contributions at MACNA 2018 for the grand prize Fiji Trip drawing, MASNA is donating $2,500 to the A.D.E. Project.

At MACNA 2018, MASNA operated a raffle program that MACNA attendees were able to enter through the purchase of raffle tickets at the event. Proceeds from tickets sold for the grand prize Fiji Trip that was drawn during the Saturday Night Banquet were set aside specifically to contribute back to this great program.

A.D.E. Project (pronounced “Aide Project”) is a non-profit organization registered in the US and Fiji that enables coral reef conservation and restoration projects within Fiji and around the world. The focus of ADE is to fund the training and capacity building efforts for local community reef restoration projects and assist in developing ways for future projects to become self-sufficient.

The A.D.E. Project promotes sustainable management and conservation of global marine ecosystems, develops Aquaculture and Mariculture for the protection of the environment and contributes to rural communities through training and economic support. More information about A.D.E. Project can be found at

MASNA, it’s separate funds and programs, the A.D.E. Project, and other non-profit and educational organizations are always accepting additional donations. To learn more about marine programs that MASNA supports and to investigate programs to donate to, visit

About MACNA:

MACNA® is a registered trademark of the Marine Aquarium Societies of North America (MASNA®). Each year the MASNA and MACNA teams select a new city to host MACNA that boasts a genuine interest in the marine aquarium from hobbyists old and new, as well as the local community.

MACNA is an annual public non-profit marine aquarium conference, and is a combination of several events:

  • It is an educational symposium where people can attend lectures from industry leaders, conservationists, authors, and scientists.
  • A trade show where hobbyists can buy new corals, coral fragments, and see new equipment. Attendees can also meet with manufacturers and provide feedback to ensure the continual innovation of products available to the industry.
  • A social event where speakers, vendors, and hobbyists come to socialize with one another, giving all an opportunity to put faces with names seen only on message boards, emails, in books, or online.

MACNA® Event Facts:

  • Education: In the past 17 years, MACNA has hosted over 190 speakers ranging from industry leaders, conservationists, authors, and scientists.
  • Trade: MACNA consistently has over 150 exhibitors on the exhibit floor giving all attendees and exhibitors the ability to speak to each other in person.
  • Community: With an average of over 5600 ticketed days, MACNA® is the highest attended single event in the marine aquarium hobby as it moves around the country.

About MASNA:

MASNA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization composed of marine aquarium societies, individual hobbyists, and industry partners from North America and abroad, totaling several thousand individuals.

MASNA’s goals are to:

  • Educate our members through 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.
  • Encourage the ethical growth of the marine aquarium hobby and support captive breeding/propagation efforts.

About Author

Scott Groseclose is the owner of AquaNerd, Aquarium Specialty, Aqua Specialty Wholesale, BioTek Marine, & The Carolina Reef Experience. He has a degree in Biology from St. Andrews University and he has been a passionate reef keeper since 1988.