The Family Reunion

Aquarium Conference and Workshop

February 1st-2nd, 2020.
Hawks Cay Resort

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Why Should You Attend

The Family Reunion is not your typical event. The reunion provides an atmosphere of learning, fun and community for hobbyists and industry professionals. We replaced the typical trade show booths with great sponsors and activities for the entire family. From coral restoration to dolphin encounters and sunset cruises, come be a part of an event combining educational workshops, speakers and epic outdoor adventures.

Speakers & Workshops

Educate yourself with industry experts as they provide hands on demonstrations and interactive workshops. The speaker lineup is top notch and topics for everyone. 

Family and Friends

Everyone that attends will feel like they are a part of the family that is the aquatic industry. From beginners to advanced hobbyists, we all share a common thread of our love for aquatic livestock. Network with industry brands and make unforgettable memories.

Hawks Cay

Snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing charters, pool activities, saltwater lagoon, cornhole tournament, kiteboarding, dolphin encounter, public aquarium, paddle boarding, kayaking, tennis, spa and fitness, sunset catamaran cruise

Speakers & Workshops

Educate yourself with industry experts as they provide hands on demonstrations and interactive workshops. The speaker lineup is top notch and topics for everyone. 

Joe Caparatta

Owner of Unique Corals and Manhattan Aquariums, Joe will be discussing the future of collection in Indonesia.

Jay Sperandio

VP of Sales for Ecotech Marine, Jay will be discussing the features and future of the new Mobius platform and what this means for aquarium automation.

David Hammontree

David is the owner of Reef2Reef forum, the industries #1 platform for our hobby. David will talk about the importance of community and the growth of popularity in our industry.

Scott Crowe

Scott is the owner of Ocean State Aquatics, OSA in Rhode Island. Scott will discuss how social media plays an important role in the success of the industry.

Jordan Noe

Jordan is the sales director for ORA – Oceans, Reefs and Aquariums. Jordan will discuss the method and development of ornamental fish breeding and how sustainability affects the industry.

Frank Young

Sustainable collections in the state of Florida – Where are you getting your fish from.

Roxane Boonstra

Recreational dive program manager for The Coral Restoration Foundation.

Bob Fenner

Lifelong aquarist with an active and continuing involvement in the academic, journalistic, trade, and hobbyist sides of aquarium keeping.

Chris Meckley

Chris is the owner operator of ACI Aquaculture. Chris has been leading the industry with his approach to growing corals and providing livestock to the industry.

Jake Adams

Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008.

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Family and Friends

Everyone that attends will feel like they are a part of the family that is the aquatic industry. From beginners to advanced hobbyists, we all share a common thread of our love for aquatic livestock. Network with industry brands and make unforgettable memories.

Waterbox LIVE

Come be a part of a Live Broadcast from the Reunion! Join Jess, Rich and Dean as we bring you interviews and great content from our speakers and workshops.

Margaritaville Saturday Night Reception

Cheeseburger in Paradise. Come join us at the Landings overlooking the Saltwater lagoon for a themed reception. Saturday night from 6-8pm we will be serving a themed reception in Paradise! Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly. Island attire is preferred.

Cornhole Tournament

Sponsored by ReefShine guys. Sign-up today for single elimination bracket play. Someone will be crowned Tournament champion of the industry.

Raffle and Silent Auction

100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Coral Restoration Foundation. CRF will be represented and giving a keynote on their development in the region. Score some awesome gear for your aquarium or next build.

Live Reef News Network Podcast

Peter will be hosting/Dj/Live podcast streaming the event throughout the weekend.

Florida Keys Aquarium Encounter

Included with every ticket, every attendee gets access to the public aquarium in the Florida Keys. Sponsored by Dynasty Marine.

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Come Join Your Family!

Hawks Cay

Hawks Cay

61 Hawks Cay Boulevard
Duck Key, FL 33050

Midway down the Florida Keys, you’ll find an island called Duck Key. It’s small. Secluded. Yet central to Miami and Key West, and easy to reach by car, boat or plane. Duck Key has a few features: Aquamarine water all around. Glorious sunrises and sunsets. An island sensibility that lulls you into a state of total relaxation – except for when you’re out fishingsnorkelingpaddleboarding or gliding along with the ocean breeze on a kiteboardThe best of Key West resorts is waiting for you at Hawks Cay Resort. 

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Group Code:  WATERBOX

Dolphin Encounter

Guests at Hawks Cay Resort in the Florida Keys have the unique opportunity to encounter bottlenose dolphins in this marine mammal’s natural environment. The Dolphin Connection program, located in an ocean-fed saltwater lagoon, is home to a pod of friendly dolphins that Florida Keys visitors can interact with while learning the importance of protecting Florida’s marine ecosystem.

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Sandbar Excursion

Sun and Fun Sandbar Excursion! Groups/families up to 6 passengers enjoy good times and good tunes while relaxing or playing at the Grassy Key Sandbar. Includes snorkel gear, floats, bottled waters and cooler.

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Saltwater Lagoon

Enjoy your own private Florida Keys ocean at Hawks Cay’s enclosed Saltwater Lagoon. Snorkel and search for small tropical fish, soak up some rays on your sandy Keys beach, or paddle around in tiki boats.  The Saltwater Lagoon is fed straight from the ocean, raising and lowering with the tides, and is a Florida Keys attraction found exclusively at Hawks Cay Resort.

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Resort Pools

Experience the Florida Keys without leaving the pool. Located just past the lobby, the spacious Resort Pool features music and entertainment, exciting family games and competitions, on-site food and beverage service, spectacular Atlantic Ocean views, and more.

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Spa and Fitness

Close your eyes and drift away. You’re now far removed from life’s demands. The seas are calm and the faces friendly. The only requirement is that you relax, breathe easy and let our expert staff of caring professionals refresh your mind, body and spirit at our award-winning Florida Keys spa.

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Group Snorkeling

The shallow patch reefs of the Coffins Patch Sanctuary Preservation Area (SPA), located approximately four nautical miles away from Hawks Cay, offer some of the best snorkeling in the Keys!

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Paddle Boarding

Featuring “Live Watersports” Stand Up Paddleboards. The revolutionary dual hull design offers an unrivaled speed, stability and carrying capacity- great for paddlers of all ages and abilities!

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Sport Fishing

From battling high-flying sailfish in the waters of the Atlantic to stalking shallow water flats in search of world-record bonefish, Florida Keys fishing and fishing charters in the Florida Keys are all about variety—and even more about catching big fish.

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Day Pass

$75

  • Includes one day access
  • Speaker Access 1 Day
  • Workshop Access 1 Day
  • Entry to win a Waterbox of Your Choice
  • Negotiated Rates at Hawks Cay Resort

Weekend Pass

$129 Early Bird (Reg. $149)

  • Includes 3 Day Pass
  • Speaker Access 2 Days
  • Workshop Access 2 Days
  • Entry to win a Waterbox of Your Choice
  • Day Pass to Aquarium Encounters
  • Waterbox Swag Pack
  • Negotiated Rates at Hawks Cay Resort

Weekend Premier Pass

$199

  • Includes 3 Day Pass
  • Welcome Social
  • Cocktail Party and Reception (Saturday Banquet)
  • Speaker Access 2 Days
  • Workshop Access 2 Days
  • Entry to win a Waterbox of Your Choice
  • Day Pass to Aquarium Encounters
  • Waterbox Swag Pack
  • Negotiated Rates at Hawks Cay Resort

Reserve Your Room at Hawks Cay

61 Hawks Cay Boulevard
Duck Key, FL 33050

Group Code:  WATERBOX

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