2019 Symposium and Workshop Long Beach

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March 30th – April 3rd 2019

The 25th Annual Aquatic Animal Life Support Operators Symposium and Workshops will be hosted by Aquarium of the Pacific and will be held in Long Beach, California aboard the historic Queen Mary.

Registration will include access to:

  • All workshops and lectures
  • Hot breakfast and lunch Monday – Wednesday
  • Appetizers at the Ice Breaker Sunday night
  • Dinner during the Monday evening event at the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Wednesday Certification Banquet.


  • Vendor Registration opens on October 30th.

  • More information on operator registration coming soon!

  • Operator registration: $395
  • Exhibiting Vendor Registration: $2000 one booth with 2 staff
  • Additional Booth Attendees: $500/attendee
  • Non-Exhibiting Vendor: $1000
  • Non-Exhibiting Vendor Day Pass: $350/day


The Hosting Facility

Hosting facility will be the Aquarium of the Pacific

The Hotel

The entire Symposium and Workshops will be held aboard the historic Queen Mary.  A discounted room rate of $159/night.

The Airport

The local airports are the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Long Beach Airport (LGB)



Information regarding discounted shuttles will be coming soon

The Agenda

  • Abstracts for the Lecture & Poster Presentations (coming soon)
  • Facility Map (coming soon)

Call for presentations


This year’s agenda could include topics such as:

        • Dirty Laundry
        • Water Quality
        • Dive Support
        • Symposium Theme
        • And many more topics!


  • Complete Workshop Agenda (coming soon)
  • Abstracts for the Workshops (coming soon)


The B.A.W.L.will be docked just outside of the Queen Mary near the beautiful Long Beach waterfront. The Jack Felts Vendor Hall will be located in the stern of the ship and less then 100 feet from the B.A.W.L. Attendees will be able to work on several different components such as actuators, probes, flow meters, sensors, heat exchangers, pumps and many others all while the system is operational. Our water quality series will be able to actively sample water from this system, and the bay, and will learn how to perform various water quality analysis.

Once again we will offer an assortment of hands on workshops this year. Visit the Workshop Abstracts link above for all the details on this year’s great workshops! Workshop registration will open one month before the Symposium. We received a lot of great feedback in the workshop surveys and wish to thank all who took the time to provide us with input.  



        • AALSO Operator Levels 1-3 Certification
        • AALSO Water Quality Levels 1-3 Certification
        • ASME B 31.3 Certification
        • OSHA Certification
        • NSPF Certified Pool Operator Certification- pending class size restrictions*

* additional fee applies (contact treasurer@aalso.org for more information)

For workshop related questions:  workshops@aalso.org

For agenda related questions: agenda@aalso.org

The Future

2020: Shhh….  Its a surprise.

The Past

Past symposia…


Feedback from this year:

                    • “I left feeling invigorated about the state of the industry and felt good knowing there are so many intelligent passionate people out there working on a lot of the same problems who are so willing to share their knowledge and experiences.”
                    • “The last time I attended AALSO was 6 years ago. I decided to give it another try this year and I noticed that AALSO has made remarkable improvements… Keep up the good work and I plan on coming back.”
                    • “Seeing others’ operation and talking to other professionals in their environment makes me proud to be one myself.”
                    • “Workshops are great because they go beyond the vendor booths by providing additional and specific hands on time with the equipment and the vendors who make them.”
                    • “One of the reasons I joined AALSO to start with was to hear how other operators deal with problems and challenges because all life support systems have issues.”

  • Past Symposia

Agendas, abstracts, and presentations from symposia past. Find More »

  • Application To Host

AALSO wants your facility to host upcoming symposia.  Show off your innovative systems and exhibits your animals call home. Learn More »