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Someone Is Trying To Kill The US Koi Industry

The title is not hyperbole.  The US Koi industry is facing a very serious threat.  Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery, and the industry in general, needs your help to fight back.

What is happening

The Center for Invasive Species Prevention (CISP, a private, non-government organization) has petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to add 43 species to the Injurious Species list.  This list includes Cyprinus carpio, aka common carp or koi.

What this means

Addition to the Injurious Species list will make transportation of koi across state lines illegal.  If we allow this to happen, production and importation of koi in the US would no longer be economically feasible.  This would effectively eliminate the US Koi industry – overnight.  Your koi sales would be completely eliminated.

Thousands of people would be left jobless, millions of dollars of revenue would be lost from the US economy, and each and every state would lose tax revenue. 

What is being done

The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) is a private entity designed to help in the fight against changing regulation which would be harmful to the aquaculture industry in the US.  Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery has been in contact with the NAA to offer our full support and help in fighting this regulation change. 

The NAA has assured Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery, as well as many other businesses in the industry, that they are hard at work formulating a plan for the most effective and efficient way to fight and oppose this regulation change.  Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery, along with other affected parties, are receiving regular updates from the NAA regarding the steps being taken in this time-consuming process.

What can you do?

At this point, raising awareness of this issue among those involved in the industry is critical.  Share this blog post with anyone you know who is involved in the koi industry.  Feel free to copy the text of this blog post, alter it appropriately and print it for distribution to your koi hobbyist customers.  GET THE WORD OUT!  The more voices that are heard, the better chance we have of defeating this! 

Subscribe to our newsletter.  As we receive updates from the NAA, we will pass them along to you as quickly as possible. 

Contact your elected officials to voice your disagreement with this proposed regulation change.  Find your elected officials here.  Call, write or email to their offices’ to let them know you strongly disagree with this change.  Be firm but polite.  Feel free to use this form letter.

Contact US Fish And Wildlife At The Appropriate Time

At the appropriate time, we will contact you with instruction and direction as to how to comment on this matter with the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  Commenting at the appropriate time and through the appropriate channels will ensure that everyone’s voice and opinion on the matter is heard.  We ask that you refrain from contacting US Fish and Wildlife Service until a clear plan of action has been set forth.  Just know that Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery is doing everything in our power to make sure that this doesn’t become a reality.

We understand how important this issue will be to everyone in the koi industry.  We would like to thank you in advance for your support and help in this time of need. 

We can be reached for questions or comments at regulations@blueridgekoi.com.

 

Sincerely, 

The LeFever Family – Randy, Karen, Casey and Josh – and all the employees at Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery

 

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2015 Price List and Sneak Peek Video

We have released our 2015 Price List, with updated prices and items for the upcoming season.

View the 2015 Price List.

Updates include the following additions:

  • Single Tail Assorted Goldfish – Available in 3-5″ and 4-6″ sizes, Single Tail Assorted Goldfish will contain at least two of the following varieties: Red Comet, Sarasa Comet, Shubunkin, Yellow Comet
  • Bio Secure AAA Imported Koi – We have reach an agreement with Hazorea Aquatics, one of the leading international koi farms, to import their top-quality Koi.  Available from 6-8″ up to 14-16″, these fish are raised in an indoor bio-secure facility.  You won't find fish any healthier than this!
  • Medicated Pellet and Platinum Pro Formula Koi Food - We have added two items to our line of fish food product.  Medicated Pellet is food treated with two antibiotics.  This food is great in the fight against bacterial infections!  Platinum Pro Formula is a high protein professional grade formula that will produce maximum growth, nutrition and coloration in your koi.  Platinum Pro Formula is available in pest-proof 4.5 pound plastic jars and 14 pound plastic buckets.

 

And last, check out this video of just a few of the more than 20,000 Koi and Butterfly Koi we are overwintering indoors, in preparation for the start of the 2015 spring season!

Questions?  Contact us now.

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Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery on NBC’s “The Today Show”

Check out this blast from the past, a mid-90s clip from "The Today Show" featuring Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery.     Co-owners Randy LeFever and Rick Brown appear in this short clip to help answer the question "Just where do goldfish come from?"
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VIDEO – Packing Koi and Goldfish for Shipment

Ever wondered what goes into preparing and packaging your live Koi and Goldfish for shipment?  Check out this time lapse of one afternoon of packing at Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery.

Over 120 boxes of live Koi and Goldfish were packed on this day, then shipped UPS Next Day Air to a dealer near you!

 

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VIDEO – Platinum Ogon Koi For Sale

Check out this entire quarantine tank full of hundreds of Platinum Ogon Koi.

These fish are 4 to 6 inches in length, and ready to dazzle your customers!  Contact Us to order yours today!

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VIDEO – 8-10″ Premium Select Koi For Sale

Here's a quick peek at a batch of 8-10″ Premium Select Koi coming up for sale next week.

Dealers, contact us now to order yours!

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Featured Items for Week of June 2nd

We have some very exciting live koi and goldfish items available for the week of June 2nd. Some of these are not available all the time!  Dealers, view our current Availability List.

Jumbo Fantails

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For a limited time we have Jumbo Fantail for sale.  These retired broodstock fish average about 8 inches in length, and all have great color!

8-10″ Premium Select Koi

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Our 8-10″ Premium Select Koi are particularly high quality this week.  A great mix including many different varieties!

4-5″ Mixed Fantails

For the first time this season, we have 4-5″ Mixed Fantails available.  This is a truly great mix, including Red, Sarasa, Calico and Red and Black Black Moor fantail goldfish!

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Qualified dealers can view our Availability List or start your order.  Not a dealer?  Apply for a Dealer Account now.

 

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VIDEO – Huge Pom Poms on a Butterfly Koi Breeder

You will occasionally see Butterfly Koi with large growths over the nostrils, known as "pom poms".  Some hobbyists consider these desirable, while others see them as a fault with the fish.  Like many things in life, it's a personal preference.

This Yamabuki Butterfly Koi has some of the largest pom poms you are ever likely to see on a Butterfly Koi…

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VIDEO – Stripping Eggs and Milt from Butterfly Koi Broodstock

Each spring brings about spawning season at Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery.  Breeders are injected with hormones and left to spawn on breeding mats (video of this process coming soon).

However a few fish do not spawn on the mats when planned.  These fish must be "stripped" of their eggs and milt, with the two then mixed together and spread into a tank to attach to the provided breeding mats.

Randy LeFever, owner of Blue Ridge Fish Hatchery, demonstrates the stripping technique on two Shusui Butterfly breeders.

Both fish are sedated with a mixture of clove oil and grain alcohol.  They are relaxed and easy to handle while sedated, but wake up quickly after being placed back into fresh water.

These eggs will hatch and grow up to become part of our one-year old crop of Butterfly Koi for 2015.  Dealers, contact us today to learn how you can provide top quality Blue Ridge Butterfly Koi to your customers!

 

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Introducing AAA Imported Koi

Our production of 10 to 14 inch koi has regrettably run short this year.  In order to keep you and your customers supplied with beautiful koi, we have begun importing AAA Koi from Hazorea Aquatics.

12 to 14″ AAA Imported Koi from Hazorea Aquatics

Hazorea Aquatics is a bio-secure indoor facility located in Israel.  Their strict bio-security plan is among the most stringent in the world.  We have thoroughly vetted their procedures, facility, and their fish, and we have the highest level of confidence in their fish.

AAA Imported Koi are currently available in 10 to 12 inch, 12 to 14 inch and 16 to 18 inch.  Contact Us today for more information on purchasing yours!