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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

Offspring from fat fish on deep reefs help keep shallower populations afloat
Oct 20 2016 09:12 AM
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Study reveals corals' influence on reef microbes
Oct 12 2016 01:45 PM
As they grow, corals are bathed in a sea of mar...

As oceans warm, coral reef fish might prefer to move rather than adapt
Oct 05 2016 12:52 PM
Scientists have new evidence that coral-reef fi...

Extensive deep coral reefs in Hawaii harbor unique species and high coral cover
Oct 04 2016 08:04 AM
Researchers has completed a comprehensive inves...

See it before it's gone: The paradox of 'last chance tourism' on the Great Barrier Reef
Sep 22 2016 07:53 AM
Many of the tourists now flocking to see Austra...

How wave dynamics and water flows affect coral reefs
Sep 19 2016 09:37 AM
While climate change threatens coral reefs in o...

NASA begins study of Australia's Great Barrier Reef
Sep 15 2016 08:40 AM
A NASA airborne mission designed to transform o...

Study links altered brain chemistry, behavioral impairments in fish exposed to elevated carbon dioxide
Sep 13 2016 11:52 AM
Increased carbon dioxide concentrations alters...

Meeting News

WAMAS Fall 2016 Meeting
Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 1:00 - 5:30 PM
Speaker: Joe Yaiullo & Laura Birenbaum
Topic: From Frags to "Riches"
Location: North Bethesda Middle School, 8935 Bradmoor Dr., Bethesda, MD 20817

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