Ornamental Fish International

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  • You are part of an organisation that represents your interest in International Fora
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News

June 26 2016

Montfort (Netherlands):  There is no doubt that movies such as “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory” increase the interest in keeping ornamental fish and become the inspiration for moving ‘new comers’ to the hobby. However, it is important when selecting any pet, including fish, that you do your homework to find out what equipment and care is needed for the pet. While the internet can be a reliable source of information Ornamental Fish International (OFI) would also encourage people to visit and speak with specialist retailers to get the right information before making any purchase decisions.

There are thousands of different types of fish, with the majority of fish kept in the hobby coming from freshwater environments.  Marine species are also kept by hobbyists as illustrated in the movies “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory”. It is likely that the “Finding Dory” movie will encourage many people to try keeping marine fish. While as an industry we would encourage this, we also want to caution people about this particularly if it is their first aquarium and ensure they do their research first. It should also be noted that different species require different levels of care, and not all systems can house all species of fish. Keeping marine aquariums is generally considered more complicated than freshwater aquariums and generally not recommended for a first aquarium. However, they are successful if the right equipment is used and sound advice given by a good retailer – do plenty of homework and make sure you understand what is required before setting up your marine aquarium! Responsible pet ownership is crucial for a sustainable industry and hobby and you should seriously think about your ability to provide the correct environment and care for any fish that you may purchase.

A responsible industry should also consider the source of marine fish as well. While there is a growing number of marine species that are being farmed commercially throughout the world, many species such as regal tangs (Dory’species) are still collected from the wild. Responsible industry operators should ensure the marine fish they deal with have been sourced through sustainable wild harvesting methods, OFI does not endorse the use of cyanide for collecting fish which is an illegal practice in most countries where marine fish are collected. There have been many articles in the press recently indicating that this illegal practice is used for the collection of the majority of ornamental fish throughout the world. This is simply not true and is not supported by current data. We would also note that sustainably collected marine fish are an invaluable source of income for artisanal fisherman throughout many of the poorest countries in the world. This small but highly valuable fishery provides livelihoods for these communities and helps to reduce impacts of overfishing of food fish species on reefs. 

Nuremberg, Germany – May 27, 2016 – Keith Davenport of OATA has been awarded the 2016 OFI Award for his for his immense work for the aquatic industry in the UK and internationally, and his unlimited willingness to share information and cooperate with colleagues across the globe. Keith has been Chief Executive Officer of the UK trade organisation OATA since 1991 and became a true leading light in the community of trade associations working with ornamental aquatic industry issues. He is always the first to share information with others, and is always eager to discuss thoughts and issues, strategies and road map. OFI has maintained a close working relationship with Keith and  OATA and hope this continues after his retirement later this year.

 

 

           

            Newly elected OFI President Shane Willis (picture right) presents 2016 OFI Award to Keith Davenport (left). (Photographer Svein A. Fosså)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:

RAVON

http://www.salamanderfungus.org/

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.

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