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UK trade body OATA has responded to comments made by the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, describing them as ‘unjustified and showing a lack of proper research’ into the way live ornamental fish are transported.
The WWF is warning that the UK is ‘no exception’ when it comes to the loss of freshwater fish species, as a new report exposes the dire outlook for populations across the world.
An International consortium of governments, universities and non-governmental organisations is studying great white shark behaviour in the northwest Atlantic ocean to prevent human-shark conflict and protect both species.
TV gardener David Domoney aims to encourage more people to add water features to their homes and gardens as he enters a new partnership with OASE.
Vets at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine put a woman’s ailing pet seahorse into a hyperbaric oxygen chamber to cure him of gas bubble disease, which is similar to decompression sickness or ‘the bends’, a condition that occurs in scuba divers who surface too quickly.
The price of Hawaiian tropical fish is set to soar following a court ruling banning commercial marine aquarium fishing.
Aquaja – a Dutch specialist in pet and aquatic shop fitting – has fitted the first shop in the UK with its Economy Line Aquaria Stand system.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) has sent a letter to government ministers seeking urgent action to resolve problems of importing livestock and products into the UK, which have arisen since the end of the Brexit transition period in January.
A new film exploring the artisanal fishing trade for the home aquarium industry in Brazil has been released on Vimeo.
Penguins at the London Aquarium have been enjoying festive films in a bid to help them prepare for visitors post-lockdown.
BBC Radio 4 consumer programme ‘You and Yours’ featured the growing popularity of fish keeping in its early December programme. During lockdown many people took on a new pet – not just cats and dogs, fish found a new fan-base too.
Ibrahim Mefire Kouotou, MD of the aquatics group EHEIM, has been crowned manager of the year by a French trade publication.
It’s not often you get to share Sunday brunch with sharks and a turtle but that’s exactly what two divers did in an effort to raise money for cancer research.
The man behind a project to support Amazonian ornamental fisheries, Scott Dowd, has received a major award for his work.
With less than a month to go until the end of the Transition Period, the government is urging businesses and consumers to check online guidance around importing and exporting products that are covered by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
Aquatic retailers are being urged to check the credentials of courier companies if they have recently begun to use them to transport live fish.
Aquatic retailers and water garden centres are being urged to get behind the Be Plant Wise campaign this autumn, to help prevent the spread of invasive species.
Three new faces were welcomed to the OATA Board at the trade association’s annual general meeting, which for the first time was held on Zoom.
An aquarium in California has experienced a tripling of visits to its webcam since it was forced to close to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic in March.
An aquatic pet store lost many of its fish when authorities mistakenly cut off the shop’s power supply during a raid on an illegal gambling den.
Aquariums and zoos could be facing the worst financial winter in memory, the British & Irish Association of Zoos & Aquariums (BIAZA) has warned.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) has welcomed Dr Matthew Bond to the team as its new scientific and technical adviser.
The EHEIM Professional 5e external aquarium filter has received an award for innovation from a French trade ublication.
Global trade associations and other bodies have written a letter of concern to CITES about its proposed approach to reviewing the trade in and conservation of marine ornamental fish, as agreed by the 18th Conference of the Parties in 2019.
German aquatics company EHEIM has optimised its website to include an array of new features.
Evolution Aqua has launched an advanced new filtration system to further enhance its leading koi pond filters.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) is urging retailers to get in touch if they think they may be impacted by changes to aquatic livestock import rules following Brexit.
With a lifelong love of tropical fish, Yorkshire-based Carl Goodman is setting his sights on scaling his ethical aquatics business.
Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association chief executive Dominic Whitmee has applauded ‘the efforts of those essential retailers and support businesses who no doubt faced the biggest challenge in their working life when lockdown was announced in March.
Indonesia has seen a huge upswing in interest in fishkeeping since the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports from aquarium stores.
Aquatic nutrition company Vitalis is looking to its eco credentials with the introduction of fully recyclable pots utilising an over 50% reduction in plastic.
Humboldt penguins at an aquarium have been heralded as ‘body positivity’ icons by staff after they remained on show despite going through their annual moult – which means the usually feathered friends are now bald birds.
A specialist aquatic shopfitting company based in the Netherlands is producing a budget-friendly livestock-retailing unit for in the UK market.
The managing director of a major UK fish care supplier is warning others in the aquatics industry to be aware of three attempted incidents of deception that nearly resulted in lost stock.
The RSPCA has issued a reminder to the ‘well-meaning’ public not to seek to refloat beached or stranded cetaceans or aquatic mammals.
The Bluereef Aquarium in Cornwall says its reopening at the start of July went swimmingly – and even the fish were pleased to see people.
Robot dolphins could soon replace real ones in Chinese aquariums, according to CBC radio media.
Bottlenose dolphins have been observed chattering while co-operating to solve a tricky puzzle – a feat that suggests they have a type of vocalisation dedicated to cooperating on problem solving.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (Oata) is reminding members that they may need to prepare for new border controls coming into force next year.
Giant Australian Cuttlefish have returned to their South Australian breeding ground in higher numbers this winter than have been seen for decades, experts say.
Aquatic retailers are being invited to sign up for a pond pump recycling scheme to help encourage a more eco-friendly and energy-saving approach to pond keeping.
The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association is reminding retailers that there are some items that need to be removed from shelves from August.
The UK’s aquatics and water-gardening industry has been boosted by a huge surge of interest in ponds during the coronavirus lockdown.
A lonely grouper fish has received worldwide attention after news of his depression hit the headlines.
An intelligent, wireless-controlled, external water filter has been developed for aquarium use.
The UK’s aquatics and water-gardening industry has been boosted by a huge surge of interest in garden ponds during the coronavirus lockdown.
All ten species of sea turtle in Iran are facing extinction due to oil pollution and destruction of breeding grounds.
Aquatic trade body OATA is asking the Government to clarify whether furloughed staff can volunteer to care for aquatic livestock while ‘off work’.
Officials from Defra have seized a number of products to treat fish and aquariums from a retail premises, following the conclusion of an investigation.
The closure and restocking of a large public aquarium has led to a unique study into the calming effects of fish-gazing.