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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

Foes can become friends on the coral reef: How seaweed becomes coral's 'friend' when sea stars invade
Aug 25 2015 07:58 PM
On the coral reef, knowing who's your friend an...

Climate profound impact on marine biodiversity
Aug 24 2015 10:42 AM
New research into the impact of climate change...

The 'End of the high seas', or we watch the seas die
Aug 17 2015 07:54 AM
Even optimistic estimates for what might be ach...

Carbon dioxide-spewing volcano drives reef from coral to algae
Aug 10 2015 11:37 AM
A dramatic shift from vibrant coral communities...

Fish go deep to beat the heat
Aug 07 2015 10:08 AM
Fish retreat to deeper water to escape the heat...

Typhoon Haiyan's destructive tsunami-like waves generated by surf beat over a coral reef
Aug 06 2015 10:20 AM
The surf beat from storm waves during Typhoon H...

Parental experience may help coral offspring survive climate change
Aug 05 2015 06:17 PM
Preconditioning adult corals to increased tempe...

Bering Sea hotspot for corals and sponges
Jul 30 2015 03:22 PM
North of the Aleutian Islands, submarine canyon...

Meeting News

WAMAS Summer Meeting
Sunday, July 12, 2015 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Speaker: Mike Paletta (Topic: The Era of Modern Reefkeeping)
Location: Charles Wesley UMC, 6817 Dean Dr., McLean, VA 22101

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MACNA 2014