The World Pet Association (WPA) brings the industry’s premier show featuring “everything aquatic under one roof” back to the East Coast with the Aquatic Experience, held October 12-13, 2019 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center (355 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, NJ 07094). As the most comprehensive show of its kind, this incredible “must-sea” event will showcase both saltwater and freshwater exhibits and everything else aquatic for hobbyists and enthusiasts, as well as for those in the aquatics and pet industry.
For hobbyists, the Aquatic Experience offers 61,000+ square feet of saltwater and freshwater exhibits and fish displays to explore. An incredible Wall of Fish features more than 36 aquariums stocked with the finest quality and variety of ornamental tropical fish and aquatic plants farmed here in the U.S. Another feature, the Fish from Around the World Display, presents a series of vignettes in order to simulate how a complete aquarium system may appear in a home or office. Additional educational opportunities and aquatic fun are geared toward the next generation of fish fans, including a Kids Aquarium Contest and Win A Betta! Toss game.
Showcasing the innovation and top trends in aquatics, the Aquatic Experience will feature the latest products and fishkeeping solutions. A meeting place for others who are passionate about aquatic life, the Aquatic Experience is the place to converse with industry experts, other hobbyists, and favorite aquatic social media personalities. Attendees can soak up ideas from educational seminars and demonstrations (free for both consumers and retailers) presented by well-known speakers, and will have the opportunity to sign-up for a Fish Health Management Course.
The Aquatic Experience offers several competitions: the Aquascaping Live! Contest, the fourth annual International Shrimp Contest USA, and the American Cichlid Association Fish Competition. New this year to the Aquatic Experience is the Betta Breeders United Competition, which will be an International Betta Congress (IBC) sanctioned competition. Whether participating or watching, attendees will enjoy the beauty and wonder of some of the best aquatic life on display.
For those in the aquatic industry, the Aquatic Experience is where retailers of all sizes can gain insight and a fresh perspective on their businesses. There will be seminars geared toward bettering business practices, providing fish and aquarium care tips, and growing an online presence. The Fish Health Management Course, a basic fish health specialty course designed to educate attendees about the basic principles of proper freshwater and marine fish management in closed aquatic systems, will be targeted in its scope and focus to pet store owners, employees, aquatic system consultants and other industry related individuals (hobbyists, veterinary technicians, and others are also welcome to attend). In addition to the educational programming, the show floor will feature new products and business solutions, allowing retailers to provide customers with the best and newest the industry has to offer.
Whether new to the aquarium hobby or an expert within the trade, the Aquatic Experience will provide attendees with new knowledge to improve their aquariums and grow their hobbies.
“I sincerely hope that all that is offered at Aquatic Experience will result in an increase in excitement over fish-keeping as well as ownership in it,” said Jacinthe Moreau, President of the World Pet Association. “To me, caring for a fish aquarium or doing aquascaping brings the calming effects of nature right into the home. Once an aquarium is established and decorated with rocks and plants, the soothing sound of the water and watching fish swim are stress and anxiety-reducing. With our fast-paced, sometimes crazy lives, owning fish is like having our own sanctuary. Let’s grow the passion of those attending Aquatic Experience and spread this excitement!”
For more information on Aquatic Experience, contact the World Pet Association at 626-447-2222.
The World Pet Association (WPA) is the oldest industry organization promoting responsible growth and development of the companion pet industry and related products and services. WPA works to inform and educate the general public in order to ensure safe and healthy lifestyles for our animal friends. WPA is the host of America’s Family Pet Expo, the world’s largest consumer pet and pet products expo, held annually in Costa Mesa, California. The organization also produces SuperZoo, an annual pet industry trade show that showcases a comprehensive collection of exhibits and offers a variety of informative educational seminars. For more information, please visit www.worldpetassociation.org.