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As the pond season approaches, the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association is reminding retailers that they can no longer sell four popular pond plants unless they already have a contract in place with their suppliers.

Stands at AQUA 2017 are almost sold out, with only a handful left to sell for the two-days aquatics trade show in October.

An aquatics retailer has pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

A pet and aquatics shop in Southampton has officially re-opened its fish house following a fire last September that caused its closure.

Several freshwater fish species have been added to the CITES Appendix III listing, with effect from January 3.

The Next Steps document issued by Defra today (February 2) outlining its proposed approach to the licensing of ‘animal activities’, including pet shops, has been broadly welcomed by OATA.

When Rory Fox asked his dad for a jellyfish when he was a teenager, he had no idea it would turn into an unusual business.

Maidenhead Aquatics has launched a project to introduce schoolchildren to the world of fishkeeping.

Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium is carrying out its annual census throughout January and is asking visitors to get involved in its own version of a fishy stock-take.

The fish Health Inspectorate has seized two batches of Myxocyprinus asiaticus, traded as Chinese high fin loach, from retailers. 

Visitors to AQUA 2017 in October can expect a busy and exciting show as the exhibition hall at Telford International Centre will be packed with companies showcasing new products, say its organisers.

A new ornamental aquatics conference and workshop is to take place in Singapore.

A wholesaler that supplies UK-bred and cultured corals, critter kits and zoo plankton is looking to expand and move to larger premises.

Tropical Marine Centre (TMC) has launched its REEF-Cam, a live streaming underwater camera, purpose-made for the aquatics market.

A PHD student is leading an investigation with three other explorers into the global aquarium fish trade.

Importers and retailers in England and Wales are being warned to check the gar species they sell to ensure they are not trading in illegal fish.

Multi award-winning Wigan-based manufacturer Evolution Aqua continue its expansion with the purchase of the Bermuda pond equipment brand.

The Fish Health Inspectorate has seized two batches of Myxocyprinus asiaticus, traded as Chinese high fin loach, from retailers.

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association has welcomed Dr Tracey King as its new assistant chief executive.

With just under a year to go before AQUA 2017, the UK’s No 1 aquatics and water gardening trade exhibition is shaping up to be ‘one of the best shows ever staged in its history’, say its organisers.

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association has welcomed a new director to its Board following its AGM held in November.

A rarely-seen type of crab that spends most of its time hidden in the sand has gone on display at Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium.

TMC has released a new addition to its award-winning V2iLumenAir range of LED Aquarium Lighting Systems.

Japanese scientists are investigating whether the bubble eye goldfish could have medical uses.

More than 3,000 Londoners had the opportunity last month to unwind in relaxing seating while listening to underwater sounds in an environment that reflected the tranquillity of an aquarium.

Great Yarmouth Sea Life centre marine expert Darren Gook has returned from a conservation mission to the Indian Ocean to help with a pioneering reef restoration programme.

German aquatics manufacturer Eheim has appointed Dirk Henrich as managing director and chairman of the board.

Firefighters helped move hundreds of fish when fire broke out at an Oxfordshire pet shop.

A trade body has criticised a much-quoted statistic on the mortality rates of exported fish as ‘unsubstantiated’.

Distraction thieves targeted a Maidenhead Aquatics branch in Ashtead, Surrey, stealing about £130 from the till.

The Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry, Co Down, reopened last month, almost two years after it closed.

World Feeds has launched invertebrate diets, a holiday feeder and koi pellets.

Treatments are now grouped into four new categories: Water Care, Clean Aquarium, Algae and Fish Aid to help consumers find quickly the product they need and aid merchandising.

Researchers at the University of Southern California have found that fish are susceptible to arthritis

Water treatment specialist Tetra has put forward some theories as to why the Olympic pools suddenly turned green this week.

Tetra’s Research and Development department has been presented the Innovation through Research award by the Association for the Promotion of German Science and Humanities for the second time.

Fishkeeper Scotland will open its flagship store in Edinburgh as part of a £1m, 11-store roll-out plan, creating 30 new jobs across the country.

A Zoo is investigating the deaths of about 200 cichlids in its rainforest exhibit.

Popular aquatic plant water hyacinth will soon disappear from UK ponds after the European Commission published its list of species of EU-wide concern, as part of the Invasive Alien Species Regulation.

Tetra has refreshed two of its most popular water care solutions, AquaSafe and EasyBalance.

Chopped barley straw made into pouches for ponds is no longer covered by the Biocides Regulation in the UK, according to the Health and Safety Executive.

A trade body has criticised a popular statistic on the mortality rates of exported fish as ‘unsubstantiated’.

Eco Pond managing director Francis Saunders has completed an epic 700-mile bicycle ride with two friends from the Channel coast of France to Narbonne Plage on the Mediterranean in seven days.

Aquarian is recalling Aquarian Tropical Flake Food and Aquarian Goldfish Flake Food products on a precautionary basis due to the possible presence of salmonella.

A rockfish at a Canadian aquarium has been given a fake eye to stop tankmates bullying it.

Jump Jet has launched jumping water jets that feature a pre-set display of crossing and jumping jets for garden ponds, but at a ‘fraction of the cost’.

Eco Pond managing director Francis Saunders plans to cycle 700 miles from the Channel coast of France to Narbonne Plage on the Mediterranean in just seven days.

The World Land Trust is an international conservation charity, which aims to protect and sustainably manage natural ecosystems around the world, with an emphasis on threatened habitats and endangered species.

An abandoned goldfish found under a railway bridge six months ago has been re-homed.

The national media has had a field day warning of an invasion of ‘blood-sucking parasitic fish’ returning to British rivers.

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