Barbara’s doctoral studies focussed on the biological and chemical processes occurring in the aquatic environment relating to the remediation of contaminated land. This knowledge has proved useful coming to the domestic aquatic field and, working closely with Tim, she has gained an in-depth understanding of the subject over the last fourteen years.
Tim is a well-known face within the aquatic community, as he has been involved in Public
Aquariums, Retail, Wholesale, and Importation of aquatic species. His reputation for breeding difficult species is well founded, for his article writings on all things fishy have been a source of reliable information over several decades. Indeed, Tim started keeping fish at the age of ten, and now in his fiftyish year, he has 40 years non-stop experience of aquatics.
Following the completion of his second degree he went to work for the Sealife Centre Group where he became the Marine Observation Unit Manager within BioServices and never wanted to anything other than helping fish species!
He is currently the chair of trustees for the Seahorse Trust and on the board of directors for the Amazon Research Centre of Ornamental Fishes (ARCOF), Peru. Also an active member of the Queckett Microscopical Club, European Ichthyological Society (EIS), Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI), Commission Member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Freshwater Fish Specialist Group and a member of the British Killifish Association (BKA).
Tim started OSAquatics over ten years ago, and in its current form, consists of 120 tanks dedicated solely to captive breeding. The aim of the organisation is to further the understanding of all aquatic life, streamline breeding processes and to make this information available to all. He is involved in aquatic conservation programmes, species survival programmes and aquatic charities, both here in the UK and overseas.
Barbara Partner OSAquatics
OSAquatics is a family-run business and Tim’s son Sam is the fish house manager, primarily involved with the day-to-day running of the fish house. Livestock welfare has always been the priority in OSAquatics operations and Sam supports Tim in maintaining these high standards.