Developing countries are the major producers and suppliers in the world supplying more than 60% of the ornamental fish. Over 2,500 species are involved in the global ornamental fish industry, of which over 60% are of freshwater origin and the rest are marine. Ornamental fish trade also involves larger numbers of wild caught fish and invertebrates, in addition to the much popular farm reared ornamental fishes. Neon tetras, angels, gold fish, danios and discus dominate the world ornamental fish trade, with guppy and zebra danio both together contributing to more than 14% in value of the fishes traded.

The ornamental fish sector is primarily dependent on freshwater fish species, with nearly 15% of the total traded species being marine, contributed by wild collections. The marine ornamental species have greater potential for export trade because of their most exquisite colors and attention-grabbing behavior, but there are apprehensions pertaining their collection from the natural environment, biodiversity and sustainability perspectives. The marine ornamental fish trade is operated from South-East countries Philippines, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Maldives and major pacific Island countries like Solomon Island, Australia, Fiji and Palau. These countries together supply more than 98% of the total marine ornamental fishes involved in trade.

Africa Aquatics Export for the past 3 years we have actively exported different varieties of marine fish. With all our species, being hand caught and properly controlled, our holding capacity has enormously increased.

In the year 2017, we began with a holding capacity 6000 liters fish tanks exporting a maximum of 400 boxes of marine fish in every month. Due to the rapid growth of the company and the increasing numbers of customers, we increased our holding capacity up to 9000 liters by the end of 2018.

Last year (2019) was one year that tested our capacity to compete with the other exporters of marine ornamental fish. Our clientele base increased and we managed to send shipments to most of European and Asian counties. The demand curve influenced in the development of newer strategies to keep up with the pace.

Apart from increasing our holding capacity to 13,500 liters, we increased the varieties of species of marine fish. For efficiency and effectiveness, we added more logistical procedures like the introduction of the QC department (Quality Control) and more equipment like service van, fishing gears and packaging boxes.

The industry requires compete awareness of every development in it hence to keep up with the trade, we have ensured to remain competitive and relevant by providing quality products and trusted services.


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Nelson Amimo

Marketing Mnager-African Aquatics Export


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