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 Ornamental Fish International (OFI), founded on 1 June 1980, is the worldwide trade association representing all sectors of the ornamental aquatic industry in some 46 diffe rent countries worldwide.   

Membership ranges over consultants, manufacturers, publishers, wholesalers, collectors, breeders, retailers, importers, exporters, plant specialists, freight forwarders, airlines and exhibition companies. The over 190 OFI members have all made a commitment to comply with the OFI Code of Ethics. As a result OFI members have obtained a reputation of reliable business partners, and suppliers of quality products.

OFI Journal on your smartphone or table!
Now the OFI Journal is also available in digital format in an app for smartphone and tablet, IOS and Android. You can download the app for free from the app. store in iTunes and the Google store. The Journal can be purchased at rate of 2,99 US$ per issue.

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Poll 1/2014

Aquatic plants are important in the aquarium. In my aquarium

plants are the most important and fish are only decorative
fish are the most important and plants are only decorative
both plants and fish are equally important
plants are only used as substrate for eggs when breeding

OFI honors Rick Datodi with OFI Award 2013

At the Opening ceremony of Aquarama in Singapore, OFI President Gerald Bassleer honoured Rick Datodi from Australia with the OFI Award 2013. Over many years Rick has shared his expert knowledge with suppliers and colleagues, to the benefit of the Australian industry and beyond.
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Now available: International Transport of Live Fish in the Ornamental Aquatic Industry, Updated and expanded edition

OFI Educational series 7

The highly successful first edition of “International Transport of Live Fish in the Ornamental Aquatic Industry” (educational publication 2) has been updated and expanded with additional chapters on Invasive Alien Species, Biosecurity and the OFI tool for creating health certificates. It is now published as educational publication 7. In 159 pages all aspects of transporting ornamental fish are discussed, the legislation, and preparation for shipment and treatment at arrival. Also mortalities due to transport are discussed. Authors of this book are Alex Ploeg, Svein A. Fosså, Gerald M.O. Bassleer, Shane Willis and Lim Lian Chuan.
ISBN: 0978-94-91354-05-2. Price: 12,95 Euros plus postage.

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OFI publications

OFI Journal
The OFI Journal is the official publication of Ornamental Fish International. It has in-depth, topical, articles about the ornamental industry by authors within the field. The OFI Journal is free to all OFI members. Non-members may subscribe to the Journal.

Subscriptions run per calendar year (3 issues) and are automatically renewed unless unsubscribed. Cost per year, incl. postage: 55 Euro.

Back issues are also available for most issues of the OFI Journals. 

OFI educational publications
OFI aims to improve the educational standard within the industry and therefore publishes a series of
books with relevant topics for all who have to deal with the occupational aspects of the trade. Titles available:

  • Standard names for marine fishes, crustaceans and mollusks in the Ornamental Aquatic Industry (2011)
  • Standard names for freshwater fishes in the Ornamental Aquatic Industry (2010).
  • Biosecurity in the Ornamental Aquatic Industry (2009).
  • Live food cultures for the Ornamental Aquatic Industry (2008).
  • International Transport of Live Fish in the Ornamental Aquatic Industry (2007).
  • Water Quality in the Ornamental Aquatic Industry (2006).

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Recently the Environmental Committee of the European Parliament approved the final draft of the new EU regulation on Invasive Alien Species. In the upcoming week it will most probably be adopted by the plenary of the Parliament. The new legislation will get into force one year after official publication of the regulation. You can download a consolidated version here.
There will be a list of Invasive species of concern to the EU, based on criteria and decided on by a scientific committee. Species on this list will not be allowed within the European Union, not for import, nor breeding and production. Present keepers are allowed to keep their animal until it dies. Traders with stocks of species on the list have two years to sell their stock. More details later in an article in the OFI Journal.

Last Tuesday your 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.

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.

Recently Eurogroup for Animals launched a campaign to have Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) sign a manifesto to promote animals welfare of pets, including a statement of a ban on wild caught pets and a restriction on the number of exotic species.
Our Colleagues of OATA In the UK have launched a campaign to address this issue. We call on you to spread this campaign and to invite the public to do what they ask, in the UK and elsewhere. This Eurogroup campaign may have a serious effect on the industry in Europe; perhaps not next year, but for sure on the long term.

Mid 2013 the European Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) conducted a mission to Malaysia to investigate whether Malaysia met the EU requirements with respect to aquatic plant health. For our industry the main issue was to see whether Malaysia met the requirements with respect to the Tobacco whitefly Bemisia tabacci. You can download the report here. We had hoped for better results.

Recently the Commission published a new Implementing regulation on species of wild fauna and flora (578/2013). In this Regulation Europe implements the recent decisions by the Scientific Review Group on which species are allowed in from which countries. Changes of relevance to the Ornamental Aquatic Industry: Tridacna crocea and T. squamosa from Cambodia are no longer allowed into the EU. You can download the Regulation

In the Netherlands a positive list for mammals to be kept as pets has been published. It is a short list of only 6 species of mammals. Furthermore, there are some 18 species that can be kept as production animals. Another group of 33 species will be allowed under conditions. Conditions to be determined. It is no longer allowed to keep any other mammal as a pet. At the end of next year our ministry aims to provide a positive list for reptiles and amphibians, and for birds. With the present method, this could be the end of the hobby for many. Ornamental fish are foreseen to be the next after these groups. The Dutch pet-trade association Dibevo works, together with the hobby, to prevent that this process will proceed.

According to FAO statistics Spain has rapidly developed as an ornamental fish exporting country. In 2011 Spain was placed as first in ornamental fish export in these statistics
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Stingrays not listed in CITES appendix II
Two relatively little traded species Paratrygon aiereba and Potamotrygon schroederi, but also one of the species that is common in the trade, Potamotrygon motoro, were proposed by Colombia for inclusion in CITES appendix II of CITES. The argumentation for this proposal was very weak and mainly based on lack of data. The consequences of a listing would have been a serious increase of cost and bureaucracy for breeders and exporters. OFI and colleague trade associations were successful in their efforts against the proposals: they were not adopte



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