June’s speaker will be Matt Pedersen. Matt Pedersen is currently a Sr. Editor & Associate Publisher with Reef To Rainforest Media LLC, involved with CORAL & AMAZONAS Magazines, as well as the publication’s online presence at Reef2Rainforest.com. Originally from Chicago, IL and currently living in Duluth, MN, USA, Matt’s professional background is in interactive software development. Additionally, Matt has experience as a professional orchid breeder, a part time fly fishing guide, and certified fly rod builder.
Matt has been a marine aquarist for 30 years, and an aquarist for 35. After spending time on every side of the aquarium industry (retail, commercial and private maintenance & installation, wholesale, hatchery), he currently considers himself a “”professional hobbyist””. Most recently, Matt has currently spawned 30 species of marine fish, successfully raising 9 of them to date including one worldwide first (the Harlequin Filefish, Oxymonacanthus longirostris), as well as attempted another 6 invertebrate species to date. Most all of this was accomplished with less than 100 gallons of total working capacity, and all in closed culture. In 2010, Matt Pedersen was selected as the breeder of choice to work with the now famous “”PNG Lightning Maroon Clownfish”” from the SEASMART program, and chronicles the efforts to propagate this one-of-a-kind fish online at The Lightning Project. In 2016, Matt launched the online retailer MiniWaters.fish to compliment his wholesale livestock offerings (primarily consisting of regionally produced aquacultured freshwater and saltwater aquarium livestock).
Matt Pedersen is credited with starting MOFIB (Marine Ornamental Fish & Invertebrate Breeder’s Association) and writing for multiple publications including Coral, Koralle, Practical Fish Keeping, Marine Habitat, Reef Hobbyist Magazine, Reef Builders, Reefs.com, Advanced Aquarist and more. Matt has spoken at numerous aquarium clubs and events from coast to coast. He currently sits on the MBI (Marine Breeding Initiative) Council, a project dedicated to bringing the concept of a unified Marine Breeder’s Award Program to hobbyist organizations across the country and around the globe. In 2009, Matt was awarded “”Aquarist of the Year”” honors by both IMAC West and MASNA in recognition of his accomplishments and contributions to the marine aquarium hobby.
This will be the last meeting to sign up for the MAS Picnic July 29th, and the LAST chance to order T-Shirts (For delivery on the day of the picnic). Please stick around after the meeting, we have the room, and would love to catch up with fellow members over dinner and drinks.
The first half hour is for introductions and catching up. Doors close and our speaker will begin as promptly at 7 as is possible. During the presentation, please be respectful of the other attendees, as well as the speaker and take any private discussions to the bar, oh, and please silence your phones.