2018 Ultra Aqua Speaker – Pat Hartman

Pat Hartman

Program title:
“A Rookie Goes to Mexico—Part 2—NAGWG Goodeid Study Tour 2017”

Program Description:
Pat is active with the North American Goodeid Working Group (NAGWG), and in February 2017 he made his second trip to Mexico as a part of the first-ever NAGWG Goodeid Study Tour. Pat will describe his experiences of sampling fish in native Mexican habitats, visiting the famed Fish Ark in Morelia, and viewing reintroduction efforts with Zoogoneticus tequila at Teuchitlan Springs.

Pat Hartman Bio:Pat Hartman has been keeping fish for over 40 years. Although not a founding member, he has been a member of the Southwestern Michigan Aquarium Society (SWMAS) in Kalamazoo, Michigan, since early 1979, and is active with the Grand Valley Aquarium Club (GVAC) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In the early 1980s, Pat developed a special interest in livebearing fishes and rapidly became involved with the American Livebearer Association (ALA) where he served in various capacities, including Chairman. Pat was honored by being named “Fellow of the ALA” in 2006. Pat is involved in most every aspect of the ALA, having won several major Show Awards at the ALA Convention, participates in the Species Maintenance Program, serves as auctioneer, and has successfully bred over 170 species of livebearers in the ALA Breeder’s Award Program. Today he specializes almost exclusively in wild species of livebearers.

Pat is active with the North American Goodeid Working Group (NAGWG), and he made his first trip to Mexico in November 2014. During that 2014 trip, in

conjunction with the 4th International Symposium on Viviparous Fishes and jointly with the Goodeid Working Group meeting, Pat visited the Fish Ark and collected Goodeids in the wild. He made his second trip to Mexico in February 2017 as a part of the First ever NAGWG Goodeid Study Tour.

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