We opened Sustainable Aquatics from a love of all things aquatic and environmental
Our mission is to
Supply stock that is ethical, sustainable and non damaging to the environment
Improve awareness of environmental issues surrounding our hobby
Improve wellbeing in our local community using fishkeeping
“I created Sustainable Aquatics so fishkeepers could enjoy their hobby in an environmentally sensitive manner as I’ve seen first hand and studied the damage that our industry had caused in the wild scuba diving around the world”
“Improving wellbeing through fishkeeping is important to me, thats why we have started working with Rotherham Hospice”
I studied Geography and Environmental Science at Sheffield Hallam University and majored in Sustainable Fisheries and Aquaculture.
With support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration I wrote a paper into the impact of the ornamental aquatics industry on the Bangaii Cardinalfish and how our buying habits can be improved to create environmentally aware fishkeepers
I started fishkeeping at the age of 11 and have been a passionate aquarist since. I worked at Maidenhead Aquatics from 16, spending some of this time working at SeaLife Hunstanton.
After University I became the Fisheries Officer for Yorkshire at the Environment Agency – creating habitats, introducing fish into the River Rother and writing a paper on research into River Lamprey and their barriers to passage on the River Ouse.
We only use suppliers who have shown us that they are aware of the source of their stock (in this industry, it can be common practice for multiple suppliers to be involved with the importation of fish, making tracing their origin very difficult).
We will never stock wild caught species from vulnerable or endangered stocks. For example the Red Line Torpedo Barb and the Siamese Glass Catfish
IMPROVING LIVES THROUGH FISHKEEPING
We are passionate about improving wellbeing using fishkeeping within our local community
Sustainable Aquatics have been involved in community projects with Sheffield Hallam University to increase awareness of the benefits of fishkeeping.
Recently, we donated and installed a fully maintained and stocked tropical tank within the day hospice at Rotherham Hospice. We hope this will allow patients, during their time of need a break from reality. We also hope that this will bring back positive memories to their patients of a time gone by with nature.