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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

Underwater seagrass beds dial back polluted seawater
Feb 16 2017 02:39 PM
Seagrass meadows -- bountiful underwater garden...

Deep reefs unlikely to save shallow coral reefs
Feb 15 2017 02:59 PM
Often highlighted as important ecological refug...

Largest undersea landslide revealed on the Great Barrier Reef
Feb 07 2017 07:18 PM
Scientists have helped discover the remnants of...

Size matters for marine protected areas designed to aid coral
Feb 06 2017 03:59 PM
For marine protected areas established to help...

Great Barrier Reef building coral under threat from poisonous seaweed
Feb 03 2017 11:01 AM
World-first research on the Great Barrier Reef...

Marine ecosystems show resilience to climate disturbance
Feb 01 2017 12:15 PM
Climate change is one of the most powerful stre...

Parrotfish are critical to coral reef health, study finds
Jan 23 2017 09:45 AM
Scientists have developed a 3,000-year record o...

Great Barrier Reef almost drowned; climate implications
Jan 06 2017 09:29 AM
The first comprehensive analysis of the Great B...

Meeting News

WAMAS Winter 2017 (Annual) Meeting
Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Speaker: James Fatherree
Topic: (Giant) Tridacnid Clams, identification, biology, & care
Location: Oakton High School, 2900 Sutton Rd, Vienna, VA 22181 (Meet in the cafeteria this time! Use Door #14.)

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