RSS US imports of Albino Clownfish delayed by bureaucracy

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  1. MASA Admin

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    [​IMG]Yellow Albino Ocellaris Clownfish, image courtesy Marcel Triessl


    In August, 2010, we reported that Proaquatix would be the worldwide distributor for Marcel Triessl’s Albino Ocellaris Clownfish,* Designer Clownfish enthusiasts were salivating and hoping for a short wait.* Sadly, governmental regulations in South Africa have been holding up the process of exportation as recently reported by Marcel. Marcel wrote, “Here in South Africa growing algae, cultivating plankton, propagating corals and breeding marine ornamental fish is illegal. Believe it or not.* No export permit will be issued for captive bred fish without having an aquaculture permit.”* To us, this isn’t actually surprising, just a case of “growing pains” as a hobbyist breeder steps into the commercial and export realm where government regulations really start to play a role.* In this case it would seem that Marcel’s efforts to export Albino Clownfish are actually being thwarted by regulations designed for the foodfish industry.




    “When the aquaculture application form was created, nobody thought of marine ornamentals. The whole application form is made for food fish farming, etc.* I spoke to somebody who is running a foodfish farm…it took him 8 years to get his permits.” posted Marcel. We can only hope that the South African government sees the value in the ornamental fish trade and green-lights Marcel’s efforts to export these fish and distribute them through Proaquatix.* Some fish breeders believe that on average you’ll get a random albino out of only 200,000 to 300,000 fish reared.* If it takes 8 years for Marcel’s fish to travel abroad, we could see Albino Ocellaris appear elsewhere before he’s able to capitalize on his innovation and investment.* Marcel hopes that the paperwork will be completed by February of this year…and then it’s in the hands of the South African government.* Good luck to both Marcel and Proaquatix as they continue their efforts to bring Albino Clownfish to the masses.
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  3. HenkHugo

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    oh dear! poor Marcel! :(
     
  4. Anemone

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    I agree!
     
  5. lanzo

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    Good Luck Marcel...holding thumbs
     
  6. Falcon

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    damn that sucks!Talk about killing an an opprtunity to make decent capital come into country...this is like how the government wants to develop export of finished luxury goods like jewellry,cars etc instead of the raw materials like gold,diamonds and steel.

    HERE THE MAN HAS LUXURY GOODS THAT ARE UNIQUE TO SA AND THE RED TAPE IS STOPPING IT?Someone in government for once needs to be proactive and help this to get out there asap.


    Oh but then again think of it this way,now the demand will go up as nobody can get them and hence price goes up:p lets hope for marcels sake nobody else gets the damn albinos right anytime soon!

    Good luck marcel I hope this works out for you!
     
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  7. Slummies

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    get the permits and its done.. easy
     
  8. HenkHugo

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    Kind of hard to do if your property is zoned Gen Residential and it needs to be zoned Agri for the agri permits...
     
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    how frustrating!
     
  10. magman

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    Has anyone heard from Marcel, he has been quiet.
     
  11. HenkHugo

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    spoke to him two or three weeks ago - other than that no
     
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    Thanks bud,
     
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