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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

Twice the coral trout in Great Barrier Reef protected zones
Mar 26 2015 12:08 PM
Coral trout in protected 'green zones' are not...

Climate refuges found where corals survive, grow
Mar 25 2015 02:23 PM
As rising ocean temperatures continue to fuel t...

World's most iconic ecosystems: World heritage sites risk collapse without stronger local management
Mar 19 2015 01:33 PM
Without better local management, the world's mo...

Color-morphing reef fish is a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’
Mar 19 2015 11:38 AM
A new study has shown that the dottyback, a sma...

Rare glimpse into how coral procreates could aid future conservation
Mar 16 2015 08:30 AM
A rare and threatened Caribbean coral species h...

Newly discovered algal species helps corals survive in the hottest reefs on the planet
Feb 27 2015 08:47 AM
A new species of algae has been discovered in r...

Coral disease linked to a warming Atlantic
Feb 24 2015 12:09 PM
Over the last four decades, the iconic elkhorn...

Great Barrier Reef corals eat plastic
Feb 24 2015 10:41 AM
Researchers in Australia have found that corals...

Meeting News

WAMAS Spring Meeting
Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Speaker: Chris Turnier (Topic: TBR)
Location: North Bethesda Middle School, 8935 Bradmoor Dr., Bethesda, MD 20817

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MACNA 2014