Speaker: Richard Pierce

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Home Base: North Attleboro, Massachusets
Willing to travel: Yes

Bio: Richard Pierce has been keeping fish for as long as he can remember. His interest in all things aquatic led to degrees in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography. He has worked in a retail aquarium store and in two public aquaria. He currently maintains approximately 1200 gallons in 120 aquaria in his fish room. Since his largest aquarium is 65 gallons, most of his fish are small. Although he keeps and enjoys all kinds of fish, killifish, wild-type livebearers and characins are of particular interest right now.

In addition to fish keeping, Richard enjoys photography, especially photographing fish and macro photography. He has won awards in both the American Killifish Association and NEC photo contests, and now chairs the annual NEC photo contest. He has spoken at many aquarium societies in the Northeast and Midwest and enjoys meeting other aquarists and visiting their fish rooms.

Richard has been an active member of the Tropical Fish Society of Rhode Island since 2003 and is currently Breeder’s Award Program Chair. He is an active member of the American Killifish Association, and has served as its Chairman from 2013 to 2015. He is vice-President of the Northeast Council of Aquarium Societies and chairs their Breeders Participation Program. Finally he is the President of the Southern New England Killifish Association (SNEKA).

Contact: speakers@aka.org