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Global pet trade writes open letter in response to calls to ban wildlife trade

Ornamental Fish International (OFI), along with other pet trade associations around the world including Canada, the United States, Europe and the UK have banded together to write an open letter in response to calls to end all live animal trade in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Our letter expresses the pet industry’s alarm at the use of the current pandemic to push calls for blanket bans on wildlife trade, without a care for the consequences this would bring, and urges national and international bodies governing the trade of live animals to resist calls for the elimination of the wildl...

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OFI and Indonesian Industry prepare for CITES Marine Aquarium Collection Workshop

OFI President has met with Indonesian OFI members,  AKKII (Asosiasi Koral Kerang dan Ikan Hias Indonesia) and INAFISH (Indonesian Ornamental Fish Exporters Association to discuss the current Coral Export Suspension and the recently announced CITES Marine Aquarium Fish Collection Workshop. While the scope and nature of the workshop is not yet confirmed, industry is already beginning preparation to ensure their interests are protected.

Industry want to work with CITES to arrive at a science-based solution to managing the marine fish collection and giving a clear pathway to indu...

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Trade associations from across the globe have issued an open letter to the CITES Secretariat expressing their concern about the rushed timetable and lack of robust inquiry being proposed to study the trade and conservation of marine ornamental fish.

Ornamental Fish International, the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association, the European Pet Organization and Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (USA) have banded together to highlight their areas of concern over what is being planned by CITES.

The open letter, which has also been sent to a wide variety of interested companies,...

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2 September 2019

Trade bodies from around the world are calling on aquatic businesses to sign up to help them compile a comprehensive picture of the marine ornamental fish trade.  

This follows the 18th Conference of the Parties (CoP18) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), held in Geneva this August, where the international pet trade was put under the spotlight. Amongst their decisions, CITES Parties agreed to convene a technical workshop to consider the conservation priorities and management needs related to ...

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New members elected to OFI Board of Advisors

OFI is pleased to announce the election of two new Board of Advisors members at our 2019 Annual General Meeting hosted by Aquarama 2019 in Guangzhou on June 1.

This year there were 4 Board of Advisors positions up for election, with current board members Sandy Moore of Segrest Inc in the USA  and Deepak Nopany from Asian Exports in India  both re-elected to the Board of Advisors unopposed.  The 2 new Board of Advisor members were also elected unopposed.

The first new member of the Board of Advisors is Mr Yannick Verry ...

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OFI AGM at Aquarama 2019

A freiendly reminder to all OFI members of the OFI Annual General Meeting 2019 to be held on:

   Saturday 1 June 2019, 16:00-18:00,
   Aquarama 2019 - Guangzhou Pazhou Complex

Doors open at 15:45 – have a drink and mingle at the entrance of the meeting room prior to the meeting start.

Please contact the Secretariat if you need any further information: 


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Recommended Clean-Up Procedures Following Palytoxin Incidents


Palytoxin is a toxin produced by species of Palythoa and Zoanthus soft corals (collectively called zoantharians), either as a defence mechanism or to assist them in capturing prey. Zoantharians are popular with marine reef aquarists as they are very colourful, commercially available, and often seen as a good ‘starter’ coral. Incidents involving palytoxin typically occur when the slime coating produced by zoantharians is exposed to air. The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) has produced detailed guidance ...

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OFI 2019 Annual General Meeting to be Held at Aquarama 2019

OFI is pleased to announce that our 2019 Annual General Meeting will be hosted by Aquarama which runs from 31st May to 2nd June and will be held in Guangzhou China. The AGM will be held on the evening of 1st of June and will include a social event fo members - we strongly advise members to attend.

As well as holding the AGM, there are also plans to host an OFI Pavillion for OFI members to promote their business in the rapidly expanding Chinese market. OFI President, Shane Willis, said “It’s a great opportunity for both organisations to con...

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Bsal still a hot topic for Salamanders

The OFI journal, is always packed with information regarding the aquatic ornamental industry. In our latest issue, October 2018, we once again discuss the hot topic of Bsal in Salamanders and the impact on trade of this species  - the article is titled "Amphibian Health/Biosecurity in the Amphibian Trade” by the authors Maarten Gilbert and Annemarieke Spitzen, RAVON The Netherlands.


For some background information please also check out an article on this topic from an earlier edition of our OFI Journal volume 82 -

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The ‘Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’ (CITES), which held the 30th Meeting of its Animals Committee in Geneva last week (July 16-21), has a long story of watching over the Indonesian endemic Banggai Cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni.

It started with a proposal to list the species on appendix II, raised by the United States of America, for the 14th Conference of the Parties in 2007. This proposal was withdrawn, mainly because it wasn’t supported by the range state, Indonesia. Then at the 17th Conference of the Parties, in 2016, ...

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