Author: Pauline Davey

New advice issued to prevent palytoxin poisoning

OATA has joined forces with key public health officials to produce guidance to help marine aquarium hobbyists who keep corals protect themselves against palytoxin poisoning. Health Protection Scotland approached OATA with a request to help produce the advice after a small number of incidents involving palytoxin were reported across the UK. Palytoxin is produced by species of Palythoa and Zoanthus soft corals with Palythoa species generally considered to be more toxic than Zoanthus species. However, as many hobbyists may not be able to distinguish between them, the collective term of ‘zoantharians’ is used. The greatest risk of palytoxin poisoning...

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Don’t sell aquarium plants for ponds, industry warned

As we approach pond season we want to remind shops about advice we gave out last year about certain aquatic plants. We are concerned that retailers may be turning to aquarium plant Egeria densa (which can sometimes be sold under the incorrect name Elodea densa) as an alternative to Lagarosiphon. This plant should never be sold for use in ponds because of its potential to become invasive. This plant should only be sold for aquariums. “This is another example of where the industry can act responsibly by not selling this tropical plant for ponds. It is not suitable for...

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Problems with CHIEF

We have been alerted by the National Clearance Hub that they are having problems with the CHIEF system which is taking 3 to 4 hours to show cleared consignments. It might be resolved by tomorrow (27 March) when a lot of fish arrive but just in case they are advising companies to include Form C130 with your paperwork. You can download that here. This can then be used to show the consignment has cleared even if it is not showing as such on...

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Penalties for flouting invasives law

The Government has launched a consultation on how it tackles the enforcement of the EU Alien Invasive Species regulation in the UK. There are a number of plant and animal species that can no longer be sold in the UK. The Government is now working out the penalties available to those who flout the law. We’ve had our say on this area which you can read here. Why not have yours? You can submit your response until 3 April 2018...

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Aquatic plant fees are due in April

This is extremely disappointing news and we find it frustrating that the Government has not recognised that to bring in these fees now, when we do not know border arrangements could be when we exit the EU, will be very damaging for UK business. Currently plants that come into the UK from EU countries (like Holland which is a big plant exporter) do not incur any checks or fees. But post-Brexit, there is the potential that plants coming in from EU countries could be subject to these fees and healthchecks in the future. We believe any fee increases should...

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