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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

CT scans of coral skeletons reveal ocean acidity increases reef erosion
Nov 24 2014 06:01 PM
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Avoiding ecosystem collapse: Experts Weigh in
Nov 24 2014 12:56 PM
From coral reefs to prairie grasslands, some of...

Environmental bleaching impairs long-term coral reproduction
Nov 19 2014 03:15 PM
Bleaching -- a process where high water tempera...

As CO2 acidifies oceans, scientists develop new way to measure effect on marine ecosystems
Nov 19 2014 10:19 AM
Due to human-made emissions, the CO2 content of...

History's lesson reveals depth of fish catch decline
Nov 18 2014 10:54 AM
Scientists in Australia have used historic medi...

Extinction risk not the answer for reef futures
Nov 17 2014 11:17 AM
Leading coral reef scientists say there needs t...

Ocean primed for more El NiƱo, experts say
Nov 13 2014 12:31 PM
Salinity and temperature records from corals in...

Combatting illegal fishing in offshore marine reserves
Nov 13 2014 11:03 AM
Conservation scientists say there needs to be a...

Meeting News

WAMAS Fall Meeting
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Richard Ross, 2014 MASNA Aquarist of the year (Phosphates: Should we really care?)
Location: North Bethesda Middle School. Bethesda, MD

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MACNA 2014