Author: Pauline Davey

OATA offers pond plant alternatives for aquatic species no longer for sale

20 February 2017 As pond season approaches, the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association is reminding retailers that they can no longer sell four popular pond plants – unless they already have a contract in place with their suppliers. American skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus), Cabomba (Cabomba caroliniana), Lagarosiphon major and water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) were banned from sale by the EU last year and retailers were given 12 months to sell their stock. So unless retailers put in an order with plant suppliers before 31 August 2016 they must not sell them this year. None of these plants can be sold...

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OATA welcomes Next Steps on pet shop licensing

2 February 2017 OATA has broadly welcomed the Next Steps document issued by Defra today (2 February) outlining its proposed approach to the licensing of ‘animal activities’, including pet shops. In its joint submission with PIF and REPTA to the original consultation OATA called for a new licensing scheme to provide consistent, coherent standards which were well-enforced by inspectors who had appropriate qualifications and experience on the animals involved. It also called for robust enforcement which rewards good business practises with earned recognition and which stamps out bad businesses which flout the law and have little regard for animal...

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BIP Charge deferred

BIP charge increases have as we explained last month been deferred for 6 months. We now understand the proposal is to raise the charges to £40 (not as originally planned £48 in April) and then to move them to £73 per CVED in October next year. Still a bleak prospect but the costs avoided by OATA’s interventions so far are in the order of £250k.  ...

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BIP Charges

BIP charges were set to increase dramatically at the beginning of the month. After strong representations from OATA we have been told the increases have been put off for six months.   – BACK...

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Apple Snails

Unfortunately the import of Apple Snails will be banned throughout the EU despite our strenuous efforts to avoid this. The date of implementation is Nov 2012....

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