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Aquarium hosts International Conference

KURE BEACH – Hundreds of scientists, conservationists and aquarium professionals  converge on downtown Wilmington this week for the 28th annual Regional Aquatics  Workshop (RAW). Hosted by the North Carolina Aquariums, the international  conference offers more than 350 aquarium professionals opportunity to come  together, share their research and work, and learn from one another.   Registered attendees gather throughout the week at Cape Fear Community College's  Union Station for scientific presentations on various topics from coral growth  to sea turtle rehabilitation, fish breeding to veterinary care. RAW2014 begins  Monday, April 21 with Taxonomy Advisory Group Meetings and runs through Friday,  April 25.  General sessions begin Tuesday, April 22.  "It's an honor for the Aquariums and Wilmington to host this event with  attendees from as far away as St. Petersburg, Russia," said Aquarium Curator Hap  Fatzinger.   The conference moves to a new host city each year. The N.C. Aquariums began  planning for RAW2014 more than two years ago when it was selected as a future  host. Last year, the conference was held at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta.  Monterey Bay Aquarium in California hosts in 2015.    In addition to the professional development sessions, RAW attendees are  encouraged to experience all Wilmington has to offer. A beach day, a Southern  barbecue along the Cape Fear River and, of course, an evening at the Aquarium at  Fort Fisher are part of the week's special events.   RAW attendance is limited to registered attendees and registration is closed.