ABOUT THE FBAS

(Who we are - What we do)

Founded in 1938, the Federation of British Aquatic Societies (FBAS) is the largest fishkeeping-orientated organisation in the UK.

The FBAS provides backing for Societies' Shows. Affiliated Societies can apply for a Show Pack containing Tank Labels, Place Stickers, Judging Sheets, etc. for their Show. We store, coordinate and distribute aquatic goods offered by sponsors in support of Societies.

FBAS Championship Classes are available for Shows (held to FBAS Show Rules) with a Trophy supplied - all a Society pays is a small handling charge on top of its annual Affliation Fee. Winners and runners-up in these Classes qualify for the coveted 'Supreme Championship' held every year at the FBAS-organised Festival of Fishkeeping.

Best in Show winners at Fish Shows across the country (regardless of allegiance of Show Rules) qualify for entry to the Federation's British Open Fish Competition.

The FBAS Show Rules and Show Standards are superb. JUDGES, trained and graded by the Federation, officiate at all levels of competitive showing from Table Show to Open Show. Monthly meetings of the Judges and Standards Committee ensure that every latest development and trend is taken into consideration for the continuing quality of the Show Rules.

The FBAS has a wide range of useful and informative PUBLICATIONS available, many of which are freely downloadable from this website.
These not only include a wide selection of aquatic subjects, the ever popular top-selling Booklet No 6, the National Show Fish Sizes but also cover such topics as Forming a Society and the Organisation of Open Shows.
Obviously, if you're reading this, you've already found our website, but it does contain a wealth of easily-updated information about all our services including details of Judges, Speakers, Audio-visual programmes, Shows and Events Calendar and Places of Aquatic Interest!

Our SPEAKERS, all experienced fishkeepers, are available for talks at Society meetings.
Member Societies enjoy FREE HIRE of Tape & Slide AQUATALKS and VIDEOS; these programmes are also available to non-affiliated Societies at very reasonable hire rates.

The Federation's own quarterly magazine, THE BULLETIN, is available electronically to Societies, Judges and Speakers, and to individuals via the FBAS website. This is an excellent read with plenty of relevant articles covering a wide range of aquatic and related subjects plus updated information on all forthcoming events.

Every three months, the FBAS holds a GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING at which Delegates can debate (and vote on) matters of aquatic interest pertaining to Societies' interests.

The FBAS enjoys healthy co-operation with other similar aquatic organisation both in the UK and abroad. A standardised set of aquarium fish sizes has been agreed which allows the exhibiting aquarist to travel to aquatic events with confidence. This is particularly appreciated at such large aquatic events as the Federation's annual FESTIVAL OF FISHKEEPING which attracts aquarists from far afield.

Through its continuing efforts, the FBAS can be actively seen to be encouraging responsible fishkeeping, no matter what area of interest -
or level of proficiency - is involved and offers free advice to everyone.

In keeping with current legislation concerning Animal Welfare, the Federation has produced extensive CARE SHEETS and CODES OF PRACTICE so that fish in the home aquarium or garden pond, at Shows or even in Society Auctions are given the best of care.

We can tell you where your nearest Society is or, alternatively, if there isn't one close enough, we'll even tell you how to form one!

For full information about the FBAS, please contact:

FBAS GENERAL SECRETARY,
15 Old Top Road, Hastings, Sussex TN35 5DJ
tel: 01424 431016 or email
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Last updated March 2013