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Corals which cannot be imported into the UK

14 December 2015 This list shows the existing EU import suspensions on coral species from various countries. Download [10.91 KB] There have been instances where some companies have tried to import these species of coral from the identified countries which has led to them being seized. All import suspensions were adopted following a ‘negative opinion’ from the EU’s CITES Scientific Review Group (SRG), which could not conclude that imports into the EU would be non-detrimental to the conservation of the species in the wild. A negative opinion means that ‘the information available is insufficient to form a positive opinion...

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Myxocyprinus asiaticus fish can’t be sold in UK

8 December 2016 We have been notified by the Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) that they’ve recently seized two batches of Myxocyprinus asiaticus, traded as Chinese high fin loach, from retailers. These freshwater fish aren’t licensed under ILFA so can’t be sold in the UK. All businesses, whether importers, wholesalers or retailers, do need to remember their legal duties to import and sell ONLY those freshwater species that are licensed under ILFA. Please make sure you do your due diligence to check that what you buy or sell is what you think it is. Only valid scientific names are a...

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OATA welcomes new Assistant Chief Executive to the team

24 November 2016 The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association has welcomed Dr Tracey King (pictured above) as its new Assistant Chief Executive. Tracey joins OATA from the charity sector having previously worked in university administration at the University of Oxford, in local government and the BBC. She received her bachelor’s degree in zoology from Cardiff University, where her research projects focused on time budgets and dietary conservatism in birds, before being awarded her PhD from Cardiff University, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, in fish parasitology. She then went on to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Animal Behaviour at the University of Lincoln. Her PhD research focused on the fish ectoparasite, Gyrodactylus spp., investigating host-parasite interactions among tropical freshwater ornamental fish and UK native fish species. She is considered a founder member of Cardiff University’s CRIPES parasitology group (Cardiff Research into Infection & Parasites in Ecological Systems) and has looked after a large number of ornamental fish, particularly guppies, platies, mollies, swordtails and zebrafish. She has had scientific papers published on fish-gyrodactylid infections and has co-authored a scientific paper on the response of fish to novel prey. At home, she has previously kept coldwater fish and an Oscar. OATA Chief Executive Dominic Whitmee said: “I am delighted to welcome Tracey to the team. She brings an impressive background in the technical and scientific knowledge of fish and fishkeeping...

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OATA welcomes a new face to its Board of Directors

14 November 2016 The aquatic industry trade body has welcomed a new director to its Board, following its annual general meeting held in November. Matt Stevenson (pictured above), of Seneye, joined five other directors who were voted back onto the board at the AGM. The trade association also said goodbye to Peter Wheeler, of Aquajardin, who has stepped down after more than 20 years on the board. OATA Chief Executive Dominic Whitmee said: “We were sad to say goodbye to Peter Wheeler who has been on the board since OATA was set up in 1991 which really shows huge commitment to this industry. And we’re very pleased to welcome Matt to the Board, who has been seeing what we do through our New Blood scheme.” Ruth Low of Gordon Low Products Ltd has also taken over the Chair from Devotedly Discus’ Mark Evenden while Kevin Rose of Lynchford Aquatics has become Vice Chair. The other returning Board members are James Allison, of Aquapic Solutions, Robert Edgecock of Independent Aquatic Imports Ltd, Simon Langdale of Maidenhead Aquatics, Kevin Rose of Lynchford Aquatics, and Andrew Stagg of NT Laboratories Ltd OATA’s Board of Directors is made up of 18 people who represent the whole of the industry, from wholesalers and manufacturers to importers, pond and aquarium consultants and retailers.  The complete OATA Board of Directors is now made up of: James...

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New fish species on CITES Appendix III

31 October 2016 Just to let you know that you will need certain CITES permits if you sell or import the Ocellate River Stingray (Potamotrygon motoro) from Brazil and Colombia, the Zebra pleco (Hypancistrus zebra) from Brazil or the Discus Ray (Paratrygon aiereba) from Colombia. These fish species are now on CITES Appendix III with effect from 3 January 2017. The species affected are: Brazil lists: Potamotrygon spp. – all Brazilian populations Hypancistrus zebra Colombia lists: Potamotrygon constellata magdalenae  motoro  orbignyi  schroederi scobina yepezi  Paratrygon aiereba The original request at the recent CITES meeting in South Africa was for these species to be put on Appendix II but it was agreed they would go on Appendix III. This still means you will need CITES paperwork if you bring them into the UK and sell them, and it gives the exporting countries more information on the levels of trade in these fish. See the CITES notification...

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