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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

Great Barrier Reef protecting against landslides, tsunamis
Nov 25 2015 10:47 AM
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Fat makes coral fit to cope with climate change
Nov 18 2015 07:10 AM
A year ago, researchers discovered that fat hel...

Thermal sensitivity of marine communities reveals the most vulnerable to global warming
Nov 11 2015 02:31 PM
The sensitivity of marine communities to ocean...

Scientists measure the 'beauty' of coral reefs
Nov 10 2015 08:21 AM
Almost every person has an appreciation for nat...

Distressed damsel fish cry for help
Oct 27 2015 08:34 PM
Researchers have found that fish release a chem...

Marine reserves will need stepping stones to help fish disperse between them
Oct 27 2015 12:29 PM
A massive field effort on the Belizean Barrier...

Scientists find some thrive in acid seas
Oct 20 2015 09:44 AM
Ocean acidification may not be all bad news for...

Lathering up with sunscreen may protect against cancer -- killing coral reefs worldwide
Oct 20 2015 09:37 AM
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Meeting News

WAMAS Fall Meeting
Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 1:00 - 5:30 PM
Speaker: John "Copps" Coppolino(Topic: Building an SPS Monster - extended discussion with Q&A)
Location: North Bethesda Middle School, 8935 Bradmoor Dr., Bethesda, MD 20817

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