The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Organisation (OATA), has appointed Dr Matthew Bond as the new scientific and technical adviser, to help the organisation in its work in representing the interests of the ornamental aquatic industry.
He joins the trade association from the University of Essex where he lectured in marine biology. He also has gained work experience in the ornamental aquatics sector while he carried out his studies at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Bond stated: “I’m very excited to be joining OATA. I’ve kept fish for many years so know what a fantastic hobby this is so it’s great to be part of an organisation that is working with companies and hobbyists to promote sustainable and responsible fishkeeping.”
He received his bachelor’s degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology from the University of Essex, where his research projects focused on dietary effects on reproductive productivity in zooplankton.
Dominic Whitmee chief executive, OATA said: “This is a key role for OATA and Matthew’s experience in marine biology, research and teaching will all help with interpreting and communicating what can be highly complex issues to ensure we can fully represent the interests for our particular sector.”