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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

Apathy towards poachers widespread in world's marine protected areas
Aug 15 2018 09:29 AM
A new study has found that nearly half of fishe...

Diverse symbionts of reef corals have endured since 'age of dinosaurs'
Aug 09 2018 01:11 PM
Coral-algal partnerships have endured numerous...

Effective method to control algae growth on Hawaiian coral reefs
Aug 08 2018 06:36 PM
Researchers have found a management approach th...

Corals are becoming more tolerant of rising ocean temperatures
Aug 07 2018 08:51 AM
Scientists replicate landmark study to determin...

Some corals might adapt to climate changes
Aug 02 2018 10:56 AM
New research shows that not all corals respond...

Predatory sea corals team up to feed on stinging jellyfish
Jul 31 2018 08:20 AM
Cave-dwelling corals in the Mediterranean can w...

Previously overlooked 'coral ticks' weaken degraded reefs
Jul 26 2018 03:10 PM
A previously overlooked predator -- a thumbnail...

NE Australian marine heatwave shakes up coral reef animal populations
Jul 26 2018 07:59 AM
Research describes upheaval among fish and inve...

Meeting News

WAMAS Summer Meeting, FragFest Extravaganza 2018
Sunday, July 22, 2018 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM
Speaker: Ned and Anna DeLoach
Topic: The Mysterious Beginnings of Reef Fish
Location: Charles Wesley United Methodist Church, 6817 Dean Dr., McLean, VA 22101

Upcoming Meetings:
Fall: October 20, 2018, featuring Bob Fenner

MACNA 2018