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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

Ocean acidification robs reef fish of their fear of predators
Apr 13 2014 12:59 PM
Research on the behavior of coral reef fish at...

Devil in disguise: Small coral-eating worm may mean big trouble for reefs
Apr 11 2014 08:17 AM
A coral-eating flatworm has been identified as...

Reef fish arrived in two waves, before and after mass extinction 66 million years ago
Apr 10 2014 08:56 AM
The world's reefs are hotbeds of biological div...

Coral reefs of Mozambique Channel: Leading candidate for saving marine diversity
Apr 10 2014 08:56 AM
Marine scientists working in the Western Indian...

Corals don’t lie: Centuries of rising sea levels and temperature data revealed
Apr 01 2014 09:21 AM
Scientists have analyzed coral cores from the e...

Fish species unique to Hawaii dominate deep coral reefs in Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Mar 13 2014 02:42 PM
Deep coral reefs in Papahanaumokakea Marine Nat...

Coral fish biodiversity loss: Humankind could be responsible
Feb 28 2014 08:07 AM
Literal biodiversity reservoirs, coral reefs an...

Importance of nutrients for coral reefs highlighted by scientists
Feb 27 2014 09:20 AM
Despite the comparably small footprint that the...


Meeting News

WAMAS Spring Meeting
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Speakers: Mitch Carl (Topic TBD)
Location: Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Road, Vienna, VA 22181


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MACNA 2014