Ornamental Fish International

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As an OFI member

  • You are part of an organisation that represents your interest in International Fora
  • You have support from the OFI secretariat in matters of common interest.
  • You are regularily updated on news in the aquatic ornamental sector and items of interest
  • You are part of a group of trusted stakeholders in the ornamental fish sector
  • You are entitled to have a banner in the OFI website.
  • You can have adverts in the OFI Journals and OFI books at a reduced rate.
  • You have access to the OFI Annual Meeting.
  • You have access to the OFI Dinner at Aquarama (registration fee).
  • You will receive OFI publications for free.
  • You are a trusted part of the ornamental aquatic industry as you adhere to the OFI Charter.

How to become a member of OFI?

  • Sign in at the website at http://www.ofish.org/join-ofi
  • Pay cash, per bankremittance or per creditcard (visa or master card only!).
  • Your membership will start upon receipt of payment.
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The chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans is killing native and captive salamanders and newts. This invasive fungus is likely to have been introduced in Europe by imported salamanders and newts from Asia. OFI and RAVON (Reptile, Amphibian and Fish Conservation the Netherlands) share the same ambition: to stimulate a safe and sustainable trade of salamanders and newts and prevent the spread of (invasive) pathogens outside their indigenous range.

To reach that goal we agreed to work towards the prevention of the import and transmission of invasive pathogens (such as B. salamandrivorans) both to collections and wild amphibians.

In the light of recommendation No. 176 of the Bern Convention Standing Committee we acknowledge the bio-security risks that are associated with importing animals. A science-based pre-import screening should be compulsory for all imported salamanders and newts, but the development and implementation of this could be long-term. In the meantime awareness to this relevant issue needs to be created at the sides of suppliers, importers and customers. OFI and RAVON call out to maintain high bio-security standards, have sick or dead newts/salamanders tested and to provide information for the end-user not to release pets in the wild, nor to deposit wastewater outside. 

More information can be obtained via these webpages:



Recently The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) is recommended to all exporters, shippers, importers and buyers of Cynops orientalis (Firebelly) and Pachytriton labiatus (Paddletail) newts to immediately establish a voluntary moratorium on importing them into the United States. They also recommended that all non-retail businesses engaged in the salamander trade regularly sanitize their facilities as a prophylactic measure out of an abundance of caution.

This moratorium was in response to growing concerns over the spread of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans, or Bsal, fungus into the USA. This fungus, which is native to Asia, has impacted fire salamander populations in Belgium and the Netherlands. While various groups are working on effective testing and treatment regimens, until effective control measures can be developed PIJAC recommends that the responsible course of action is to temporarily suspend imports of Firebelly and Paddletail newts for the USA.

OFI applauds the responsible recommendation given by PIJAC in this matter and also asks OFI members to observe this voluntary moratorium on the trade of Firebelly and Paddletail newts throughout the international industry. While this may impact some members, it is felt that as a responsible organisation that we must support actions to reduce/eliminate harm from our industry. I would like to highlight the following points from our new OFI Charter:


  • OFI uses the latest science for defining its standards and supports scientific work relating to our industry;


  • OFI promotes the addressing of biosecurity risks in our facilities and the training of staff in biosecurity practices (see OFI Educational Publication 4); after long distance transport, or when needed, importers will see to it that fish receive adequate quarantine;


  • OFI members undertake to make every effort to maintain the health of aquatic ornamental animals. They provide proper water quality, implement adequate treatment and feeding protocols and organize regular health inspections. OFI members restrict the use of antibiotics as much as possible, and in accordance with relevant national legislation.


  • OFI members operate in a spirit of cooperation with each other and according to honourable standards of trading, both between each other and with non-members of the organization;

It is felt that asking members to observe a voluntary moratorium on trading in of Firebelly and Paddletail newts is directly inline with the above points from our charter. While OFI cannot stop this trade it is hoped that members understand the need to take this responsible action and respect this moratorium.

Best regards,

Shane Willis - Acting Secretary General OFI

OFI will be attending CIPS in Shanghai between November 4 to 7. OFI President Dr Gerald Bassleer will be representing OFI at CIPS and will make a presentation on "EU Trade & Laws" on Thursday November 5th at 10:30 (room 8.2H 7300). OFI will also have a table & chairs at our Chinese Representative Tianjin Qilin Advertisement, booth no: Q119-120. More details on CIPS can be found at: en.cipscom.com/

Please take this opportunity to catch up with your President.

Recently the Food and Veterinary Office of the EU, the EU inspection service, audited Spain with respect to apple snails in the Ebro Delta. As previously reported to you, the damage to rice fields of the Ebro delta by apple snails was the reason that the importation of apple snails was prohibited all over Europe. The legislation also brings obligations for Spain. These obligations were audited. Main conclusions: - apple snails have disappeared from pet shops and import facilities in Spain; - no apple snails were found in Spain outside the Ebro-delta; - eradication does not entirely take place in all aspects as has been prescribed by the EU; - The infestation cannot be entirely eradicated, only limited. The full report can be found here.

Secretary General participated in a conference ‘Towards a Consolidated Network of Knowledge on Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services in Europe’. This conference was about establishing a network of institutions, scientists, and stakeholders to assemble information. All these parties were present in the meeting. In the past already many attempts have been made to assemble information, usually short-term projects that ended with the end of the funding. This is now an attempt to develop a structure to coordinate all who work in this area, so when questions come up, it is clear whom to contact for what information. Actually, the meeting was especially about the organization of such a network, rather than about the actual problems with biodiversity.


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