Welcome to the SNAME Southwest Section Website!

We are a small part of the international Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Our territory encompasses Southern California, the State of Arizona, the State of Hawaii, the southern region of the State of Nevada, and the Mexican States of Sonora and Baja California. Our main leadership is located in San Diego Area, with additional memberships in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, Hawaiian Area, and Southwestern Area. The San Diego Area meets at least once a month for a technical presentation or on-site tour on a variety of topics. Our section regularly coordinates with the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) to share meetings on topics of interest.

Carlsbad Aquafarm Tour

On Tuesday,  March 15th,  2016 we were honored by a private tour from President & CEO, Thomas Grimm, of  The Carlsbad Aquafarm   which  has   been  in  operation  since   1990;   cultivating   Mediterranean  Blue  Mussels,  Pacific  Oysters  and Ogo. The farm has developed a secondary line of products for the marine aquaria trade known as  “live-feed”  that includes micro and macro algae, copepods, amphipods and brine  shrimp. The farm uses sustainable suspended long-line cultivation methods,  rigorous lab  testing standards and UV  purification  systems that  cause  minimal  impact on marine habitat and environment.  The  result  is  fresh, high  quality  products with  a small carbon  footprint. Carlsbad Aquafarm is committed
to sustainable mariculture  and  pursuing a necessary balance between the demand for responsible seafood production and 
the preservation of our oceans’ resources.


The Southwest Section of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers is part of the Pacific Region inaugurated on April 21, 2005 It Encompasses Los Angeles, San Diego, Southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Northern Mexico, and Hawaii.