CMAS Seminar 04/18/09 - Bob Fenner & Ken Nedimyer - DC/MD/VA Area!


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Our Annual Spring Seminar Is Approaching Very Quickly!

Saturday April 18, 2009

Please join us for this one of a kind event featuring two exciting speakers!! CMAS is pleased to welcome Mr. Ken Nedimyer of Sealife Inc and Mr. Bob Fenner of Wet Web Media!

CMAS Presents Mr. Ken Nedimyer of Sealife Inc.


Abstract: Florida Keys Coral Restoration

Ken Nedimyer owns and operates Sea Life Inc ( a marine life wholesale and on line Retail Company that has been in business since 1984. Ken has collected marine specimens since 1969, and has been an aquarist since 1966. Ken has been an active scuba diver since 1970, and has logged over 20,000 hours in the water over the last 39 years.

In 1994 Ken received permits to start the first offshore live rock aquaculture farm in the Florida Keys, and has operated it successfully since the first harvests began in 1996. In 2000 using corals that had settled on his live rock, Ken and one of his daughters began testing techniques for re-attaching branches of staghorn coral that had been broken off the rocks by sharks, turtles, and storms. They work eventually led to a pilot coral restoration project using their reattached corals, which has since led to a large-scale coral nursery and restoration program.

In 2009, Ken received permits to start two offshore elkhorn coral nurseries, the first of their kind in the US, and he and volunteer divers will be busy setting it up this spring and summer.

In 2007, Ken formed the Coral Restoration Foundation Inc ( ), a non profit company focused on developing simple, effective, and inexpensive coral nursery and coral restoration techniques that could be duplicated anywhere. Their offshore coral nursery has grown from five corals that settled on his rock in 1996, to over 4,000 corals in March of 2009, and expected to grow to over 7,000 corals by spring of 2010. In 2008 they planted over 200 corals back onto the reef, and are expected to plant over 500 in 2009.

In June of 2009 Ken will participate on his second weeklong saturation mission in the Aquarius to participate in a coral restoration research project underway there. Live video of the June mission will be available on the Aquarius Website ( ).

Ken will be speaking on offshore aquaculture and coral restoration, but will be available to answer questions about the marine life fishery, marine life collecting, the Aquarius, and issues related to Staghorn and Elkhorn corals.

CMAS Presents Mr. Bob Fenner of Wet Web Media!


Abstract: Use of Ozone/Redox

Robert (Bob) Fenner is a content provider to the pet-fish (ornamental) aquatics hobby and trade, dive/travel adventure and underwater natural history genres; writing, photography and videography. Though retired since 1994, he continues to produce in this field as well as consult on aquaculture and public aquarium installations. Bob has "lived" the science, hobby and business of aquatics in the Philippines, Japan and United States. All phases; collector, wholesale, jobber, retail, design, construction and maintenance. All levels; manager, owner, hatchery worker, retail clerk, technician. Except for a stint teaching high school sciences for four years, he has worked all his life in the field of ornamental aquatics.
Academic experience includes fifteen years of college, a couple of life science degrees and a teaching credential for chemistry, physics and biology. Published works include several studies on aquatic biological and chemical questions, and an extensive book and article publishing (helped author a few books, The Conscientious Marine Aquarist, Fishwatcher's Guide to the Tropical Marine Aquarium Fishes of the World, Natural Marine Aquariums Reef Invertebrates...) and photographic background in aquatic industry and hobby fields. Have taught High School sciences and Marine Sciences and Aquariology courses at the State University, University of California levels.
Bob has been an avid aquatic hobbyist since day one and is active in hobbyist and scientific organizations. He has served on numerous Boards, judged shows and given many programs. Helped form and run (President) of the employee-owned corporation, Nature Etc., Inc. in San Diego, started in 1973; a turn-key operation in the field of ornamental aquatics, designing and building ponds, lakes, fountains and waterfalls (Aquatic Environments), designing, installing custom aquarium systems and maintenance (Aquatic Life Services), and operating retail outlets (Wet Pets).... currently does consulting, content provision to the trade, sciences and hobby of aquaristics.


Included with your admission, we will also supply a light breakfast, coffee, water and soft drinks, as well as Lunch to all attendees.


CMAS Paid Members:
At Door Registration - $10

Non CMAS Members:
At Door Registration -$ 15

PreRegistration Required - $25

We ask that everyone pre-register because we need an accurate head count
for the food quantities.


9:00-9:30 Registration/Sign In
9:30-9:45 Welcome/Opening Comments
10:00-11:30 Mr. Ken Nedimyer
11:30-12:30 Break for Lunch
1:00-2:30 Mr. Bob Fenner
3:00-4:45 Socializing/Vendor Sales/RAFFLE!
4:45-5:00 Cleanup! Everybody OUT!

** tentative schedule subject to change**


Old Mill School
610 Patriot Lane
Millersville, MD 21108

Directions can be found Here.


Blue Ribbon Koi & Marine
Shop Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10-6 -- Sunday 10-5
Phone/Fax: 703-753-7566 Email:

George Schwab (geofloors)

If you're interested in becoming a vendor please contact Jessica Farace
by email


(4) $50 Gift Certificates Donated by Blue Ribbon Koi

Gift Certificates Donated by
Exotic Aquatics

Gift Certificates Donated by
House of Tropicals

$25 Gift Certificates for EVERY Attendee Donated by

(6) Gift Certificates for 1 Cleaner Shrimp ea. Donated by

Premium Aquarium Additives Donated by

Coral Fraging Kit Donated by

$25 Live Aquaria Gift Card

(12) 15oz DTs Phyto Plankton Donated by DT's Plankton

Hydor 2 Donated by Hydor

Hydor 4 Donated by Hydor

OceanMaster Test Kit Donated by MarineLand

(2) Canister Filters Donated by MarineLand

MarineGro Pellet Foods Donated by Red Sea Fish

Instant Ocean Salt Boxes Donated by Instant Ocean

Cash Prizes Donated by

There are still a handful of donations waiting to be delivered. I will continue to update this over the next few days as they trickle in!!​


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