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Director’s Statement – Succeeding through the seasonal changes

Dear Esteemed customers,

 

From where from you may be, I am certain that you are observing the seasonal changes. Spring has steadily given way to summer and fall will soon follow thereafter. Aquarium industry wise, you may/or not be aware of the ebb and flow that in most cases tend to correspond with the above mentioned seasons. This ebb and flow also tend to affect your purchasing decisions; if it’s not breeding season then the species are transitioning from pre-maturity to adulthood and so on.

 

Seemingly, when it comes to fish collection, there are often situations beyond our control that causes fish supply to fluctuate wildly each year, with almost no way to predict what will happen in any given year.

 

One year, can for instance see so many Zebrasoma desjardinii; so much so that we are pushed to halt its collection, while the next can see almost none of these species. This odd phenomenon can be as a result of the shift in weather patterns during breeding season and other influences that may directly affect the appearance of the species’ natural diet.

 

 

With very little chance of consistently predicting which way fishing patterns will turn out in advance. We therefore have to put in much work to ensure that you our customers understand the situation on the ground and are therein satisfied by our services despite the fluctuations. With that in mind, we hope to further eliminate customer disappointments stemming from not getting some of the fish in their wish list when ordered.

 

I would therefore recommend that you help us serve you better by maintaining good contact with customer support and simply explaining your requirements as clear as possible, so that they can be able to work on your order and get you the specific fish you need in due time. Thank you!

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World Oceans Day 2018 | Beat Plastic Pollution

This year’s world oceans day was marked with call to action for ocean protection especially against the threat of plastics. Guided by the theme, “Preventing Plastic Pollution and encouraging solutions for a Healthy Ocean,” we took to our shoreline along Kanamai-kikambala for a beach clean up exercise.

 

Being exporters of ornamental tropical marine fish & invertebrates, we are highly dependent on the Indian Ocean as our fish source and therefore it is vital that we help conserve it and the entire ecosystem. Our oceans increasingly face numerous threats such as climate change, ocean acidification, pollution, unsustainable and destructive fishing practices and the lack of capacities to address these threats. Aside from depending on it for or livelihood, we are committed to helping implement the Sustainable Development Goal 14: conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.

 

Our team was super ecstatic about the clean up exercise; a day at the beach!

 

 

 

 

 

The waste we came across included  plastics, lots of shoes (made of bothrubber and plastic) cardboards and glass. Of the three, plastics pose the greatest threat to oceans because of our poor waste management habits. Plastics are washed by runoff to the ocean thereby polluting our marine ecosystem. A recycling framework is needed in order  to prevent plastic pollution in the ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are glad that we were also able to engage our  local community in the cleanup exercise helping mop up plastics from the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In just a short stretch of the beach, we were able to collect bags upon bags of plastic litter, evidence of the much bigger problem i.e. poor waste management.

 

 

 

 

Going forward, we must continue to promote sustainable use of oceans even as we continue to use safe traditional fishing methods to collect our ornamental fish.  Our collective resolve together with or stakeholders should aim at finding solutions to common problems. We can ensure that our oceans are peaceful, safe and bountiful, and remain healthy as our blue home.

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Focus on Interzoo: Why we attend

Undoubtedly the world’s largest pet trade fair is underway in Nuremberg, Germany hosting thousands upon thousands of stakeholders in the pet industry. We are not missing out on the action either because we believe trade fairs offer us an incredible advantage of being able to connect in person with our customers as well suppliers of products and services valuable to us. But just how is Interzoo valuable?!

 

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Day one of Interzoo was a buzz! We will be here till the 11th May! If you're around and would like to meet us, send an email to jochen@kenyamarinecenter.com or message us on Facebook. We'd love to meet as many people as possible 🙂 – Nürnberg Messe

Posted by Kenya Marine Center on Wednesday, May 9, 2018

 

Diversifying into new markets

Interzoo thrusts you into a world filled with producers of products, suppliers, distributors, pet enthusiasts; name it! You want it; Interzoo trade fair has got it. The diversity with which this trade fair brings provides many an opportunity to explore and gather knowledge on new fields and markets they would probably be considering delving in. You also get on-ground information and statistics from people; let’s say you want to delve into a new country, Interzoo has many nations worldwide well represented and would be easier to gather information you need on ground and in person. You should also be on the lookout for possible business gains by visiting other booths. Trade fairs are the easiest way to do market research and you may be able to hook up with other entrepreneurs to expand your business.

 

 

Customer Relation

If trade fairs don’t bring you any closer to your customers, we don’t know what will?! The pet industry being an international, multicultural industry is made up of stakeholders set up in different time zones making it difficult to reach in person. However, Interzoo – under one roof gives you the access to thousands of customers and potential customers with whom you can amass opinions and feedback and be able to gauge your business’ impact in the market. Customers also get the opportunity to get the human connection with their suppliers and get their queries addressed in person. How valuable is that?! Did we also mention how many leads you get to generate?

 

 

Identifying Market trends to further adjust business

Trade fairs are not one-dimensional. Aside from display booths, there are various other programs that run concurrently with which you can use to assess the market trends and adjust your business accordingly; seminars conducted by experts in various fields as well as discussions of the latest innovations that may be applicable to your trade. Interzoo for instance, provides the opportunity to assess clients’ opinions, evaluate competition, check out new pet products and technologies, and determine market potential. One can as well as develop commercial structures through identifying new suppliers and distributors, and initiate joint ventures and/or project partnerships.

 

 

Meet & Greet

Finally, Trade fairs don’t have to be all business, all the time…years of the Interzoo have seen strange faces become well-known friends, and good relationships have been built up over the years through discussions and engaging at Interzoo; so in case you see us across your stand, say hello and lets connect!

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OFI paid us a visit!

Towards the end of the year,  the Secretary General Ornamental Fish International, Paul Bakuwel paid us a courtesy visit on 27th Dec. Ornamental Fish International (OFI) founded in 1980, is the peak international trade association representing the ornamental fish industry.

OFI was founded by a group of ornamental fish industry people looking to improve standards within the industry and provide a ‘voice’ for the industry. One of the main aims that arose from the original meeting was a desire to improve industry standards which still remains a central part of the organization today.

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Kenya Marine Center delves into new venture

2018 has seen us fully delve into a new venture; fresh water fish export. This has seen us travel many miles, as far as Lake Victoria to the south, to source for our fresh water so as to ensure that we have the capability to provide a wide variety of quality fish for our customers. L. Victoria and small water bodies in the L. Victoria basin have numerous indigenous colorful fish which have never been exploited for ornamental fish business. We therefore feel that our exploitation of those water bodies will provide a wide variety of aquarium fish to the trade.

Freshwater ornamental fish culture is fast emerging as a major branch of aquaculture globally. In Kenya, this industry is still at its infancy stage accounting for only 3% of fish under aquaculture in Kenya. The Kenya Marine and Fisheries Institute estimates there to be about 20,600 pieces fresh water ornamental fish in the country.

Our country has many indigenous fish species with great potential of being ornamental fish especially the fresh water Cichlids Haplochromis spp. found in the Lake Victoria basin i.e. Haplochromis nubilus, Haplochromis sp. “blue obliquidens, Haplochromis sp. “Kenya gold”, Haplochromis sp. “carp”, Neochromis omnicaeruleus, Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor victoriae, Pundamilia nyererei and Astatoreochromis alluaudi. The freshwater ornamental fish trade is however dominated by the non-indigenous species comprising of Gold fish (Carassius auratus), Koi carps (Cyprinus carpio) and Mollies (Poecilia spp.)

Freshwater ornamental fish production here is majorly done in captivity whereby fish farmers propagate and rear the fish in ponds, hapas and tanks. Farmed species are dominated by the Cichllidae and Cyprinidae. This includes different varieties of Gold fish (Carassius auratus), Koi carps (Cyprinus carpio) and Mollies (Poecilia spp.). The varieties of goldfish farmed include Black moor, Bubble eye, Fantail, Oranda, Lion head, yellowcomet. As exporters, ourmain supply is from wild collection. However, whilst our fish is wild caught; in order to ensure variety, we also work together with local ornamental fish farmers spread out all over the country so as to maximize our stock.

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New stock arrival!! Heat Packs

To combat cold temperatures and avoid stressful conditions for fish during shipping over the cold season, Kenya
Marine Center has brought in new stock of Heat Packs. These will help the fish maintain a standard temperature of 24 degrees Celsius for up to 40 hours and KMC can guarantee quality shipment to all our existing and potential clients. These packs help control the temperature of the fish during shipping in case there is a layover at an airport
as well as during harsh weather conditions thereby helping prevent them from climatic impact.

Our heat packs are normally imported outside the country so as to ensure that we only offer quality for our customers. Aside from the heat packs, at Kenya Marine center, we can provide double insulation upon the customers’ request.

Kenya Marine center is committed to providing quality products and service and we are also open to more suggestions on how we can better serve our customers in terms of packaging.