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Minister visits Pets at Home during Invasive Species Week

By oatapr on 03/30/2017

30 March 2017 The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association welcomed the visit by Lord Gardiner to Pets at Home’s New Malden store during National Invasive Species Week. Lord Gardiner, who is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, visited the pet superstore yesterday (Wednesday March 29)...

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OATA offers pond plant alternatives for banned species

By oatapr on 02/20/2017

As 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. American skunk cabbage (Lysichiton americanus), Cabomba (Cabomba caroliniana), Lagarosiphon major and water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) were banned...

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OATA welcomes Defra’s Next Steps on pet shop licences

By oatapr on 02/02/2017

2 February 2017 OATA has broadly welcomed the Next Steps document issued by Defra today (2 February) outlining its proposed approach to the licensing of ‘animal activities’, including pet shops. In its joint submission with PIF and REPTA to the original consultation OATA called for a new licensing scheme to provide consistent,...

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Reporting illegal & unlicensed trade

By oatapr on 01/19/2017

What should I do if… I think some one is trading as a pet shop illegally either from a bricks and mortar or electronic site Firstly, you need to remember that only selling vertebrates eg fish is covered by legislation eg for pet shop licensing or animal welfare. Try to find out an...

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OATA position on the risks associated with LED lighting

By oatapr on 01/16/2017

13 January 2017 LED lighting products are subject to European safety standards regarding eye safety and classified into 4 risk groups. Lighting products falling into the top two groups can be harmful if stared at directly and must be clearly labelled with the warnings. We are not aware that the use of...

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Importing gars – action required

By oatapr on 12/15/2016

15 December 2016 All importers should ensure that only specimens of pure bred Florida and Cuban gars are imported into the England and Wales. If importers have any doubt as to the identity of any gars from the trade description provided they should speak to Fish Health Inspectorate before importing them. There...

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Corals which cannot be imported into the UK

By oatapr on 12/14/2016

14 December 2015 This list shows the existing EU import suspensions on coral species from various countries. [embeddoc url="" download="all" viewer="microsoft"] There have been instances where some companies have tried to import these species of coral from the identified countries which has led to them being seized. All import suspensions were adopted following a...

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Myxocyprinus asiaticus fish can’t be sold in UK

By oatapr on 12/08/2016

[caption id="attachment_8951" align="aligncenter" width="178"] Myxocyprinus asiaticus[/caption] 8 December 2016 We have been notified by the Fish Health Inspectorate (FHI) that they’ve recently seized two batches of Myxocyprinus asiaticus, traded as Chinese high fin loach, from retailers. These freshwater fish aren’t licensed under ILFA so can’t be sold in the UK. All businesses, whether...

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OATA welcomes new Assistant Chief Executive to the team

By oatapr on 11/24/2016

24 November 2016 The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association has welcomed Dr Tracey King (pictured above) as its new Assistant Chief Executive. Tracey joins OATA from the charity sector having previously worked in university administration at the University of Oxford, in local government and the BBC. She received her bachelor’s degree in zoology from...

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OATA welcomes a new face to its Board of Directors

By oatapr on 11/14/2016

14 November 2016 The aquatic industry trade body has welcomed a new director to its Board, following its annual general meeting held in November. Matt Stevenson (pictured above), of Seneye, joined five other directors who were voted back onto the board at the AGM. The trade association also said goodbye to Peter Wheeler,...

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