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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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Congratulations, Warren (wangspeed), on sharing the picture of the month.

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Reef News

Nemo can travel great distances to connect populations: Baby clownfish travel hundreds of kilometers across open ocean
Sep 17 2014 01:14 PM
Clownfish spend their entire lives nestling in...

Effect of ocean acidification: Coral growth rate on Great Barrier Reef plummets in 30-year comparison
Sep 17 2014 11:12 AM
Researchers working in Australia's Great Barrie...

Great Barrier Reef is an effective wave absorber
Sep 17 2014 06:31 AM
The Great Barrier Reef is a remarkably effectiv...

Specialized species critical for reefs
Sep 15 2014 02:38 PM
Coral reef ecologists fear that reef biodiversi...

Warming Atlantic temperatures could increase range of invasive species
Sep 15 2014 10:44 AM
Warming water temperatures due to climate chang...

Sharks more abundant on healthy coral reefs
Sep 10 2014 02:25 PM
Sharks in no-fishing zones in the Great Barrier...

Ocean warming affecting Florida reefs
Sep 10 2014 11:05 AM
Late-summer water temperatures near the Florida...

Study puts some mussels into Chesapeake Bay restoration
Sep 08 2014 11:15 AM
Research in Chesapeake Bay shows that the musse...


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