UK ornamental aquatics industry join forces with scientists to find a robust solution to illegal cyanide fishing

24 July 2018

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A new partnership has been formed between the UK’s ornamental aquatic industry and scientists, who have come together to develop a method to detect illegal cyanide fishing, a banned method in which fish are stunned using diluted cyanide.

The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) and the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) are reviewing existing science and exploring new methods to ensure fish sources for the trade are not caught using cyanide.

Ornamental fish outnumber other pets in the UK with over 100 million fish kept in aquariums and garden ponds by 14% of the UK population.

Source: Cefas, 12 July 2018