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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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Congratulations, Warren (wangspeed), on sharing the picture of the month.

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Reef News

New hermit crab uses live coral as its home
Sep 21 2017 09:42 AM
A new hermit crab species can live in a walking...

Going diving in the tropics? Don't eat the reef fish!
Sep 21 2017 08:02 AM
Reducing tourist consumption of reef fish is cr...

Eighteenth century nautical charts reveal coral loss
Sep 07 2017 01:27 PM
Centuries-old nautical charts, mapped by long-d...

Human-made reefs: A compelling diving alternative
Sep 05 2017 11:33 AM
Researchers have examined diving habits and beh...

Can corals survive climate change?
Sep 01 2017 08:39 AM
Scientists have issued advice that more researc...

New hope for reef fish living in a high CO2 world
Aug 31 2017 08:14 AM
New research examining the possible impacts of...

Uncovering factors that shape sea life
Aug 30 2017 12:22 PM
Researchers have proposed a new conceptual mode...

Coral skeletons may resist the effects of acidifying oceans
Aug 28 2017 03:41 PM
Coral skeletons are the building blocks of dive...


Meeting News

WAMAS Fall 2017 Meeting
Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Matt Pedersen
Topic: TBR
Location: North Bethesda Middle School, 8935 Bradmoor Dr., Bethesda, MD

Next Meeting: TBD (Winter 2018)


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