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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

Researchers develop novel microscope to study the underwater world
Jul 12 2016 11:55 AM
A new microscopic imaging system is revealing a...

UK's oldest deep-water Marine Protected Area successfully protects coral reefs
Jun 29 2016 10:00 AM
Deep, cold-water corals are very slow to recove...

Good bacteria vital to coral reef survival
Jun 23 2016 03:01 PM
Good bacteria could be the key to keeping coral...

Preparing for a new relationship: Coral and algae interactions explored
Jun 23 2016 09:56 AM
Changes in gene expression were found when cora...

'Coral zombies' may spell doom for coral reefs around world
Jun 21 2016 07:31 PM
Scientists have known for a while that coral re...

Coral reefs facing a hot time and increased bleaching, especially along US coasts
Jun 20 2016 07:13 PM
A new NOAA outlook shows that many coral reefs...

Heat sickens corals in global bleaching event
Jun 20 2016 11:20 AM
Australian scientists report that many survivin...

Bright spots shine light on the future of coral reefs
Jun 15 2016 01:47 PM
In one of the largest global studies of its kin...

Meeting News

WAMAS Summer (FragFest) Meeting
Sunday, July 24, 2016 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Speaker: Kyle Martin
Topic: Operating a Seahorse Hatchery and How to Successfully Keep Seahorses in a Home Aquarium
Location: Charles Wesley United Methodist Church, 6817 Dean Dr., McLean, VA 22101
MEMBERS ONLY (Join now or at the door)

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