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 This proposal was withdrawn, mainly because it wasn’t supported by the range state, Indonesia.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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OFI AGM and Interzoo Plans

OFI is eargerly looking forward to the bi-annual Interzoo event to be held from 8 to 11 May in Nuremberg, Germany. This is one of the premirer pet industry events of the world and a great place to meet fellow industry professionals, suppliers, customers an of course friends.

OFI will have a booth in  Hall 4, stand number 302. We encourage anyone in the ornamental fish sector to visit us and as always our members are welcome to use our booth as a meeting place. 

We are also pleased to inform you that Nathalie, OFI EU representative, will be present on May 8, for...

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Call for Industry Support for Fijian Reef Restoration Project

OFI member Walt Smith International has released an open letter to the ornamental fish industry seeking support for the ADE Project that they are associated with. The ADE Project assists local communities to ‘plant’ corals to restore degraded reef areas around Fiji. Walt states that they have planted more corals on the Fijian reefs than have been exported to help make their industry sustainable.

Walt hopes that if industry shows more support for this project it will help in the negotiations to try a...

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Confusion around Fiji announcement to stop live rock and coral exports

The marine ornamental fish industry has suffered another blow with the recent announcement by the Ministry of Fisheries in Fiji to implement a 'zero quota for export of live rock and coral for 2018.' While the move is aimed at protecting the island nations coral reef resources, there is considerable confusion around the announcement, particularly about export of farmed corals. There is also potential massive job losses with one industry member already announcing they will need to shed 75% of their workforce as a result of this change top legislation.

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Tests for Detection of Illegal Cyanide Fishing a Step Closer

The issue of Illegal Cyanide Fishing in marine fisheries has been a problem for many years. This practice is used in the collection of reef fish for food and for the ornamental fish industry, and due to its dangerous and destructive nature is illegal in most countries around the world. The ornamental fish in general disapproves of this practice and our OFI Charter specifically states that members should not trade in cyanide caught fish. However, there is no reliable and practical test for the detection of cyanide use in fish and for this reason it can be difficult to detect and prosecute th...

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