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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

Dead zones may threaten coral reefs worldwide
Mar 21 2017 11:25 AM
Dead zones affect dozens of coral reefs around...

Scientists mobilize as bleaching resumes on Great Barrier Reef
Mar 15 2017 01:38 PM
Coral researchers are remobilizing to conduct a...

Biologists identify ancient stress response in corals
Mar 08 2017 02:53 PM
Monitoring a newly discovered group of genes in...

Breakthrough in live coral imaging
Mar 06 2017 11:41 AM
Interdisciplinarity scientists have used a well...

Professor examines effects of climate change on coral reefs, shellfish
Feb 21 2017 08:21 AM
Professor is studying how a variety of marine o...

Impacts of mass coral die-off on Indian Ocean reefs revealed
Feb 20 2017 07:06 PM
Warming seawaters, caused by climate change and...

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...


Meeting News

WAMAS Spring 2017 Meeting
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Jon Norris
Topic: Let's Talk Jellyfish!
Location: North Bethesda Middle School, 8935 Bradmoor Drive, Bethesda, MD 20817

Next Meeting: Sunday, July 23, 2017 (FragFest) & Saturday, October 21, 2017 (Fall)


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