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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Indonesian Coral Export Suspension Update

The ongoing problems with exports of corals from Indonesia and Fiji highlights some of the key issues that our industry faces now and into the future. The suspension of coral exports from Indonesia and Fiji are both conservation driven and likely the result of the respective governments wanting to conserve coral reefs in their jurisdictions. While the intention is good, the decisions have had the probable unintended consequences of severe economic hardship for industry and their employees.

Indonesian exporters have not been able to export for over 2 months and this has cost the in...

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Indonesian Coral Export Suspension

During Interzoo 2018, OFI was able to organise a meeting with several of our members from Indonesia that are coral exporters, as well as AKKII (the Indonesian Coral Shell and Ornamental Fish Association) and the Executive Secretary of the Ministry of marine Affairs and Fisheries. There is still some confusion around this temporary export ban and what it means to industry, so an opportunity to have a discussion with the relevant ministry to get a better understanding of the situation and to highlight the impact of the suspension on industry was timely.

We asked the Executive Secret...

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The late Shigezo Kamihata awarded the 2018 OFI Award

Mr Shigezo Kamihata who sadly passed on December 25, 2017 at the age of 91 has posthumously been awarded the 2018 OFI Award for his for his pioneering work for the aquatic industry in Japan and internationally.

His deep passion for fish lead to him founding the Kamihata Fish Group of companies which compromise of farms, import and export, as well as manufacturing of feeds and allied products through Hikari Aquatic laboratory. He was also an adventurer and lead, as well as funded, many expeditions to remote locations around the world gathering information on rare species, as well a...

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