Oase funds urgent conservation work, Pet Trade News & Events from Pet Business World UK

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Leading aquatic company OASE has partnered with Shoal, the global initiative to stop extinctions and restore populations of the most threatened freshwater species.

Through this partnership, OASE will provide vital funding to Shoal to carry out urgent conservation work around the world.

Over the next few months, OASE support will broadly target Shoal’s work on four continents and in 15 countries. Specifically, it will aid in the search for the mysterious Colombian catfish, one of the 10 most wanted species in Shoal’s Lost Fish Search Program. A Colombian expedition team led by the Universidad Nacional de Colombia will head to Lake Tota, northeast of Bogota, in December to begin the search. Connect.

As a major sponsor of the big catfish research, OASE creates the opportunity for a fascinating creature to have a chance to rediscover. With remarkable rings of fatty tissue surrounding its body, the large catfish is unlike any other creature known to science. Having not been seen since 1957, the species has left scientists perplexed for decades.

OASE funding will be a major contribution to the costs associated with organizing expeditions to find the species and, if successful, implementing a conservation program to bring it back from shore. extinction.

Through this partnership, OASE became the first company to work with Shoal for the benefit of freshwater ecosystems. With one in three freshwater fish species threatened with extinction, it has never been more urgent for companies to step in and help find solutions to the global freshwater biodiversity crisis.

Mike Baltzer, Executive Director of Shoal, said: “This is an exciting and defining moment for the conservation of freshwater species. OASE is a leader and innovator in the field of aquarium keeping, and by partnering with Shoal, they have shown their commitment to rise to the challenge with us to finally tackle the neglected freshwater species crisis. and neglected until now. We hope they will be the first among many and help create a tsunami of global support through the hobby.

Thorsten Muck, CEO of OASE, said: “We believe in the importance of accelerating and scaling up actions to save the most endangered fish and other freshwater species. We hope to help Shoal in the best possible way with species conservation. Not only financially, but above all by drawing attention to this important mission.

“Shoal brings together many strategic partners who fight together for the protection of species. We believe that this type of cooperation has a high chance of success in species conservation and therefore find Shoal particularly worthy of support. “

Freshwater ecosystems are more threatened by species extinctions than marine or terrestrial environments, but they have always been neglected and underfunded. The partnership between Shoal and OASE sets a timely precedent for how businesses can be key players in turning the tide of extinctions.

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