1st International Shrimp Competition at Aquatic Experience – Chicago Nov. 4-6, 2016

CONTEST REGISTRATION DUE SEPT. 30, 2016

CHICAGO (August 17, 2016)—The World Pet Association(WPA) presents the 1st International Shrimp Competition during its fourth annual Aquatic Experience – Chicago, Nov. 4-6, 2016, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. The competition is sponsored by Dennerle, JBJ Transworld Aquatic, Shrimp King and the WPA. Contestants compete in ten categories for $1,000 in prize money and the top Shrimp King Award, and all competitors receive free admission to the Aquatic Experience show floor—experiencing “everything aquatic under one roof,” from saltwater and freshwater fish to marine plants and mammals.

Registrations for the 1st International Shrimp Competition are due by September 30, 2016. For complete contest rules, regulations and registration form, visit www.usashrimpcontest.com. For more information and tickets to Aquatic Experience – Chicago, Nov. 4-6, 2016 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center (1551 Thoreau Dr N, Schaumburg, IL) visit www.aquaticexperience.org.

The 1st International Shrimp Competition will give shrimp breeders the opportunity to share their hobby with the greater public and exhibit different freshwater dwarf shrimp species and color morphs across ten categories. An international jury will judge all entries and winners will be publicly honored on the Aquatic Experience show floor on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m., including the top Shrimp King Award of $500. Additionally, designated competing dwarf shrimp will be included in the raffle being held on the show floor Sunday afternoon for all show attendees.
Aquatic Experience – Chicago is the first show in industry history to combine everything aquatic under one roof, from saltwater and freshwater fish to marine plants and mammals. A thriving show floor of exhibitors showcases the latest in aquatic trends and products, and this year’s educational seminars on hobbyist and retail topics will include: George Blasiola, author of Barron’s New Marine Aquarium Handbook and Koi: A Complete Pet Owner’s Manual; Chris Buerner, owner of Quality Marine, the industry’s leading marine ornamental fish importer; Patrick Donston, owner and operator of Absolutely Fish; Barbie Fiorentino, pleco specialist and owner of Aquarium Solutions; Justin Grabel, co-founder of ReefGen; Mike Hellweg, master fish breeder; Michael Johnson, VP of marketing at leading pet industry consultancy Chuck Latham Associates; Sanjay Joshi, LED tank lighting expert and professor of industrial engineering at Penn State University; Lawrence Kent, frequent Tropical Fish Hobbyist and Cichlid News contributor; Oliver Knott, professional aquascaper; Chris Lukhaup, leading freshwater shrimp specialist; Liz Marchio, trained ichthyologist turned social scientist; Joe Olenik, aquatic biologist, owner and operator of Aquarium Architects, LLC;Richard Ross, marine biologist at the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences; Julian Sprung, marine aquarium fishkeeping specialist; Wolfgang Staeck, renowned aquarium fish researcher, biologist and author;and Lynn Switanowski, Creative Business Consulting Group, Pet Association marketing expert.