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Welcome to WAMAS.

The Washington D.C. Area Marine Aquarist Society, Inc. (WAMAS) is a non profit educational society dedicated to the husbandry of marine life in a captive environment. Through exchanging information with one another, we share our collective knowledge on the care and propagation of these wonderful ocean animals, while reducing the demand for wild caught specimens and providing an educational platform to promote the beauty and fragility of the worlds coral reef ecosystems. The society is committed to promoting interest in and enjoyment of all aspects of the marine aquarium hobby by educating the public on the creation and maintenance of a marine ecosystem. Our society provides resources to the saltwater aquarium enthusiasts in the Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland area by sponsoring meetings, educational seminars, lectures, online discussions, publications, websites, exhibits, and other means, as a social avenue to connect with other local hobbyists in the area. We support education and conservation efforts aimed at improving marine and coral reef environments.

This site is for your enjoyment, and education. The pages here contain a Reef Community Forum for you to meet some of the people that can help you with information. There are pages filled with links to all sorts of information. From how to build a skimmer to science sites that will help you to understand the reef systems better. There are even links to hundreds of places where you can shop for the products that will improve your reef.
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Reef News

Nature's tiny engineers: Corals control their environment, stirring up water eddies to bring nutrients
Sep 01 2014 08:14 PM
Conventional wisdom has long held that corals -...

NOAA's Marine Debris Program reports on national issue of derelict fishing traps
Aug 27 2014 10:19 AM
Thousands of fishing traps are lost or abandone...

From dandruff to deep sea vents, an ecologically hyper-diverse fungus
Aug 21 2014 01:14 PM
A ubiquitous skin fungus linked to dandruff, ec...

Fish and coral smell a bad neighborhood: Marine protected areas might not be enough to help overfished reefs recover
Aug 21 2014 01:13 PM
Pacific corals and fish can both smell a bad ne...

Sequencing at sea: Performing real-time DNA sequencing in the middle of Pacific Ocean
Aug 19 2014 07:32 AM
Scientists overcame equipment failure, space co...

Older coral species more hardy, biologists say
Aug 18 2014 02:25 PM
An examination of disease patterns in 14 specie...

Unraveling the mysteries of the Red Sea: A new reef coral species from Saudi Arabia
Aug 18 2014 08:50 AM
A new hard coral species Pachyseris inattesa is...

Insights on whale shark populations and evidence for their historic rise, recent decline
Aug 04 2014 11:33 AM
In the largest study on the genetics of whale s...


Meeting News

WAMAS Summer Meeting
1:30 - 5:00 PM
Speakers: Colin Foord(Topic Urban Corals of Miami)
Location: Charles Wesley UMC. McLean, VA


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MACNA 2014