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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

Green algae, white noise: Gas bubbles produced during photosynthesis 'ring' upon release
Oct 03 2018 01:29 PM
Gas bubbles released by marine algae during pho...

130-year-old brain coral reveals encouraging news for open ocean
Oct 01 2018 02:40 PM
Researchers studied nitrogen levels in the skel...

Large stretches of coral reefs can be rehabilitated
Sep 27 2018 01:53 PM
Coral reefs can be rehabilitated over large sca...

Climate change modifies the composition of reefs
Sep 20 2018 09:11 AM
Corals devastated by climate change are being r...

Florida Keys' corals are growing but have become more porous
Sep 18 2018 10:08 AM
Researchers have long questioned what impact cl...

Catastrophic construction: Storms can build reef islands in atoll regions
Sep 17 2018 02:36 PM
Many coral reef islands, or atolls, are created...

New soft coral species discovered in Panama
Sep 14 2018 02:43 PM
Another new coral found in Panama's Coiba Natio...

Coral bleaching increases disease risk in threatened species
Sep 11 2018 12:20 PM
Bleaching events caused by rising water tempera...


Meeting News

WAMAS Fall Meeting, 2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Bob Fenner
Topic: Anemones
Location: North Bethesda Middle School

Upcoming Meetings:
Winter: TBD


MACNA 2018