FBAS confirms Festival of Fishkeeping 2009 details

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The Federation of British Aquatic Societies have confirmed the line up for this year's Festival of Fishkeeping.

The annual event, which takes place at Mill Rythe Holiday Village in Hayling Island, Hampshire, is due to take place from 9-11 October 2009.

Dick Mills of the FBAS told Practical Fishkeeping: "All fishkeepers are exceedingly proud of fish that they have bred themselves and the Festival offers visitors the chance to see what can be achieved in the home aquarium.

"There will be a display of home-bred surplus fish, but you'll have to be quick to see it because these fish are for sale and are snapped up very quickly each day."

Mills said that this year's Festival also includes a new event called the Shanghai Class in which a single fish, pair or group of four youngsters all from the same species are exhibited competitively.

Added Mills: "The real, high quality fish can be seen over the whole Festival weekend within each day's competitive specialist societies' shows, which cover catfish, Discus, goldfish, killifish and Koi.

"The event also includes the Federation's own shows, the British Open Championship, the Festival Hagen Masters Open Show and, the culmination of the fishkeeper's year, the Supreme Championship where all the winners of the Federation's Championship Classes from 2008 battle it out for the highest single fish honour."

Admission to the event is free to day visitors on the Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on the event contact Grace Nethersell on 020 8847 3586.