I hope by now that everybody reading this is aware that the 2016 BKKS National Koi Show takes places on the weekend of 25th and 26th June.

2016 BKKS National Show Poster

2016 BKKS National Show Poster

As last year, I will be part of the lecture tent participants at the show.

Between 10am and 12pm on both Saturday and Sunday I will form 1/4 of the the ‘Ask the panel’ seminars that are taking place.

With me will be:

  • Mark Davis (Cuttlebrook Koi Farm)
  • Syd Mitchell (crazy science guy who happens to live about 600m from my house)
  • Nicholas Stinton (government fish health person)

Here are their ‘biographies’;

Mark Davis
Mark studied fish farming, water chemistry, geology, fish health, and disease diagnosis at Sparsholt College from 1983 to 1985.  During that time he also worked on several fish farms in the UK and on carp farms in France and Hungary.  After graduating from Sparsholt Mark secured a letter of introduction to Mr Kamihata of Kamihata Fish Industries who agreed to let him spend six months working on his koi farm in Yamazaki. When Mark set up Cuttlebrook Koi Farm it had ponds but no electricity, mains water or sewage facilities. By dogged persistence and support from his wife, Lisa, he has turned it into the successful Koi farm that it is today.


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Syd Mitchell
Over thirty years designing and installing water quality and filtration control equipment for the leisure industry followed by studying Koi physiology and health since 2006 has given Syd a lot to talk about.  He has written over 100 magazine articles mainly about water quality, filtration equipment and pond design and how they impact on the Koi environment and Koi health. Hanna Instruments asked him to write their Koi keeping manual for them.  The Kent Science Institute asked him to set up Koi teaching seminars leading to him being recruited by the on-line teaching organisation Koi Organisation International to teach courses in Water Quality and Advanced Filtration.

Nicholas Stinton
Nick is a Senior Fish Health Inspector with the Fish Health Inspectorate which is the official service for the control of serious diseases in aquatic animals in England and Wales.  They act on behalf of Defra and the Welsh Government and are based at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture science (Cefas). The FHI is responsible for preventing the introduction and spread of serious diseases in fish, shellfish and crustacea. Nick leads on ornamental fish and monitoring of imports and has dealt with Koi Herpesvirus (KHV) on many occasions in a wide range of situations. Nick was also part of a European group of officials who reviewed the criteria to be used by European Authorities in determining potential monitoring and control measures of KHV.

 

Whatever your Koi related question, bring it along to one of our sessions, and hopefully we can answer it.

 

Read more about the BKKS National Koi Show at – http://www.thenationalkoishow.co.uk/ and – https://www.facebook.com/TheNationalKoiShow


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