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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

Climate change refuge for corals discovered (and how we can protect it right now)
May 17 2017 11:05 AM
Scientists have discovered a refuge for corals...

Regular coral larvae supply from neighboring reefs helps degraded reefs recover
May 17 2017 08:06 AM
For reefs facing huge challenges, more coral la...

Rise of aggressive reef predator may impede sea urchin recovery, study finds
May 15 2017 05:04 PM
A new study suggests that an aggressive reef co...

Heat on for Australia's Great Barrier Reef when global temperatures hit 1.5C
May 15 2017 10:15 AM
Scientists have modeled how extremes in precipi...

Mapping deep reefs produces valuable data for researchers, conservationists
May 04 2017 07:36 AM
Scientists have used underwater vehicles to map...

Some -- but not all -- corals adapting to warming climate
May 02 2017 10:25 AM
A new study reveals evidence that some corals a...

New coral bleaching database to help predict fate of global reefs
May 01 2017 01:16 PM
A research team has developed a new global cora...

Coral reefs struggle to keep up with rising seas, leave coastal communities at risk
Apr 20 2017 08:37 AM
In the first ecosystem-wide study of changing s...

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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