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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

Protecting diversity on coral reefs: DNA may hold the key
Apr 27 2016 03:53 PM
Scientists have discovered that large areas of...

Algae disrupt coral reefs' recycling
Apr 25 2016 01:18 PM
Coral reefs--the world's most productive and di...

Scientists discover new reef system at mouth of Amazon River
Apr 22 2016 03:34 PM
As large rivers empty into the world's oceans i...

Corals most important for building reefs are now in sharp decline
Apr 22 2016 03:31 PM
Staghorns, the very corals responsible for esta...

1.5 C vs 2 C global warming: New study shows why half a degree matters
Apr 21 2016 07:52 AM
Researchers have found substantially different...

Promiscuity may help some corals survive bleaching events
Apr 20 2016 10:11 AM
Researchers have shown for the first time that...

Great Barrier Reef risks losing tolerance to bleaching events
Apr 14 2016 01:39 PM
New research suggests that Great Barrier Reef (...

El Niño’s warm water devastates coral reefs in Pacific ocean
Apr 14 2016 08:59 AM
Researchers visited Christmas Island, the world...


Meeting News

WAMAS Spring Meeting
Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 1:00 - 5:30 PM
Speaker: Sanjay Joshi
Topic: A 10-year History of Penn State's 500-gallon Reef Tank
Location: North Bethesda Middle School, 8935 Bradmoor Dr., Bethesda, MD 20817



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