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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

Sharks that hide in coral reefs may be safe from acidifying oceans
Oct 15 2014 10:15 AM
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Caribbean coral reef inhabitants critical in determining future of reefs
Oct 14 2014 09:17 PM
Species that live in and erode coral reefs will...

Helping Japanese fishermen fight off crown-of-thorns starfish
Oct 11 2014 10:52 AM
The long term population dynamics of the Crown-...

Mangroves protecting corals from climate change
Oct 08 2014 01:16 PM
Corals are finding refuge within the red mangro...

Coral reef winners and losers as water temperatures rise
Oct 01 2014 01:32 PM
Contrary to the popular research-based assumpti...

Pollution linked to lethal sea turtle tumors
Sep 30 2014 11:33 AM
Polluted urban and farm runoff in Hawaii has be...

Coral's best defender against an army of sea stars: Crabs
Sep 30 2014 09:06 AM
Coral reefs face a suite of perilous threats in...

Nemo can travel great distances to connect populations: Baby clownfish travel hundreds of kilometers across open ocean
Sep 17 2014 02:14 PM
Clownfish spend their entire lives nestling in...

Meeting News

WAMAS Fall Meeting
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Richard Ross, 2014 MASNA Aquarist of the year (Phosphates: Should we really care?)
Location: North Bethesda Middle School. Bethesda, MD

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MACNA 2014