What do we do?

We are the only trade association in the UK solely dedicated to protecting and promoting the interests of the aquatic industry. Our objective is to help businesses to keep fully stocked with a wide range of products and fish to sell, and to equip you with helpful deals and information so you can run your business successfully. Our work aims to enhance the reputation of the trade by promoting the benefits derived from it, setting high standards, providing good education and training, and encouraging responsible ownership and enjoyment amongst fish keepers.

Why businesses should join us

There’s strength in numbers. Your support is vital to our continued success. Our membership is open to UK businesses involved in the industry* and by joining as a member you’re helping to keep your industry alive:

  • We make your voice heard at local, European and even global levels because we represent a broad range of businesses involved in our industry.
  • Practical help and information to help you run your business more successfully and be better informed
  • Free business support services from HR to health & safety, legal, tax and VAT advice at the end of a phone line when you need some advice fast, as well as free access to a huge document library
  • A free audit of your insurance arrangements to take the hassle out of getting the best cover
  • Discounts on our training packages

*Because we are a trade association, membership is only available to businesses involved in the UK aquatic industry. We would encourage any business outside of the UK to consider joining Ornamental Fish International, which represents the industry worldwide, or your own country’s trade association if there is one.

What does membership buy me?

Your membership support helps us to do our work on your behalf, such as:

  • We make your voice heard at local, European and even global levels because we represent a broad range of businesses involved in our industry.
  • We offer practical help and information to help you run your business more successfully and be better informed
  • Members get discounts on our aquatic-related training packages to ensure you have the best-trained staff
  • You get access to our range of free business support services to help you deal with the key issues you might encounter in day-to-day business.
    • Free helpline giving you access to specialist advisors in HR, legal, health and safety, tax and VAT
    • Free HR and Healthy & Safety healthchecks
    • Access to a huge library of documents to help you find the right answer to your issue, help you create your own policies and procedures and find templates and forms to show compliance on a range of issues.
  • A free audit of your insurance arrangements to take the hassle out of getting the best cover.
  • Promoting the hobby of fishkeeping through our online videos, social media and work with the press.

Find prices & join online

Find out our joining fees for all our categories of membership.

Don’t want to join online?

Download the relevant joining form below, fill it in and return by post to

OATA (Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association)
Wessex House
40 Station Road
Westbury
Wiltshire BA13 3JN

Membership of OATA is at the discretion of the OATA Board which will make the final decision. Full voting membership is confirmed once the signed agreement of the Code of Conduct and any related paperwork  has been returned to the OATA office and a membership pack has been sent to you.