News Ofi Gives Posthumous Award



OFI gives posthumous award
4th October 2018

By Sandra Pearce

Global trade body Ornamental Fish International has awarded its 2018 OFI Award to the late Shigezo Kamihata.

An OFI spokesman said: “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 pioneering work for the aquatics industry in Japan and internationally.

“His deep passion for fish led to him founding the Kamihata Fish Group of companies which compromised farms, imports and exports, as well as manufacturing of food and other products through its Hikari Aquatic laboratory. He was also an adventurer and funded many expeditions to remote locations around the world, gathering information on rare species as well as discovering new species.

“With this award, OFI recognises his lifetime contributions, dedication and development of the modern ornamental fish hobby, as well as the inspiration and legacy his group of companies leave to industry and hobbyists around the world.”

OFI President Shane Willis presents the OFI 2018 Award to Ms Michiko Kamihata on behalf of her late father Shigezo Kamihata