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New Petition by Center for Invasive Species Prevention has huge implications for koi hobby

 

The Koi Industry and Koi Hobby are in Jeopardy!

Written by Ellen Kloubec

Believe it or not, the US government is considering the inclusion of our beloved Koi, (Cyprinus carpio) to its injurious species list. Being on the injurious species list would mean the movement of the species is strictly prohibited. The transportation of Koi across any state line would become illegal: a felony with penalties, both monetary and prison sentences being imposed. Such movement of Koi, as well as the importation of Koi, would be considered a direct violation of the U.S. Lacey Act.

If this occurs, it will become a federal crime for individuals to transport pet koi outside of their home state to participate in koi shows. No longer could any koi be purchased from outside of your home state. You would no longer have the option to purchase or import koi from Japan, or any other country. No koi will be allowed to cross state lines. Imagine, even in the event of relocation or retirement, you will be a charged with a felony if you move to another state and take your pet koi with you! The Koi hobby and industry will be devastated!

Read the U.S. Lacey Act at this link

How is This Possible?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) received a petition on September 23, 2016 to list 43 native and nonnative aquatic species as Injurious Wildlife under the authority granted by the Lacey Act.

The title: Petition: To Amend 50 CFR §16.13 to List 43 High Risk Fish, Crayfish, and Mollusk Species as Injurious Species under the Lacey Act

The petition includes the black acara, blue catfish, common carp (i.e., koi), grass carp, guppies, Jaguar guapote, three plecos (Amazon, Orinoco and vermiculated sailfin catfish), red swamp crawfish, and three tilapias (i.e., blue, Mozambique and Nile).  Many of the crayfish farmers in the south and tilapia producers throughout the country will be impacted.

The petition came from the Center for Invasive Species Prevention (CISP, a private, non-government organization).

Read the entire CISP petition at this link.

See a Flow Chart on the Evaluation Process for Inclusion on the Injurious Species List

What Can Be Done?

The National Aquaculture Association (NAA) is a private entity that helps in the fight against changing regulations that could be detrimental to the aquaculture industry in the US. It is currently objecting to these proposed changes. As an active member of the NAA, Kloubec Koi Farm receives the latest information in regards to this issue and we will continue to pass pertinent information on to maintain awareness of any changes.

The US FWS must assess all petitions received, and it calls for public input on each one. At this time the US Fish & Wildlife Service is welcoming information on this issue. They’d like to hear from the industry, growers, sellers, consumers and hobbyists who may oppose the petition to include common carp (Cyprinus carpio) (i.e, Koi) to the national injurious species list.

Unfortunately, there is no set timeline for a determination. We certainly would like to raise as much opposition to this issue as possible in a relatively quick manner. It is in the hobby and industry’s best interests to be pro-active rather than re-active, should an unfavorable ruling be imposed.

Please help in the fight against the CISP petition!

Send comments to:

Mr. Craig Martin, Chief

Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species

US Fish & Wildlife Service

5275 Leesburg Pike

Falls Church, VA  22041

Phone: (703) 358-1932

Email: craig_martin@fws.gov

Send a copy of your comments to:

National Aquaculture Association

PO Box 12759

Tallahassee, FL  32317-2759

Phone: (850) 216-2400

Email: naa@thenaa.net

In addition to contacting the two entities above, it would be beneficial to contact your state legislators as well. You may use this link to find the appropriate office in your state for voicing an opinion: Who is my representative?

Write, call and email the offices to let them know that you strongly disagree with the inclusion of common carp, Koi, (Cyprinus carpio) to the injurious species list of the United States of America and the proposed regulation change.

A sample letter is here to assist in addressing this complicated issue. Please feel free to use all or any of it, and add to it as you see fit. Please be firm, yet polite when voicing your strong opposition to the proposed regulation change.

I’d like to share an interesting fact about the common carp. In my conversations with the President of the Nation Aquaculture Association regarding this issue I was enlightened on just how the common carp was introduced to the United States. Back in 1877 the US Fish & Wildlife Service, in its infancy operating under a different name, the US Fish Commission intentionally stocked the common carp throughout the USA waters for two decades as a food source for the millions of immigrants populating our nation. At that time, it seemed like a good idea. Now there is no hope of eradicating the species.

Unfortunately, our genetically selected pets (Koi) are included in the entire species known as Cyprinus carpio and may be subject to these proposed stifling regulations proposed by the CISP; limiting its production, movement, and all of our enjoyment associated with the koi species and hobby.

In closing, I encourage everyone to make at least ONE contact regarding this issue to help prevent the inclusion of Koi to the injurious species list.

Spread the word to increase our chances of prevailing!

Your Friends in Koi,

Ellen Kloubec, Myron Kloubec & The Kloubec Koi Farm Staff

In addition to the above information, please take a few minutes to read three additional documents which highlight this issue:

  1. Sample letter to be used when corresponding with legislative representatives
  2. Injurious Wildlife Petition Summary and Action Plan
  3. Hi-risk Petition Final

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2016 Koi Show Winners

Congratulations to all of the winners at the 2016 Koi Show,
held June 24-26 at The Max in McCook, Illinois.

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Supreme Grand Champion

Paul Korf 

Sanke
Size 7 (Over 28″)

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Reserve Grand Champion

Tony & Diane Malone

Kohaku
Size 7 (Over 28″)

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Grand Champion B

Troy Head

Hikari Moyo-T
Size 7 (Over 28″)

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Mature Champion

Tony & Diane Malone

Kohaku
Size 5 (20″–24″)

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Mature Champion B

Bill & Jan Doyle

Gin Rin A-S
Size 5 (20″–24″)

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Young Champion

Peter Wong

Utsuri
Size 4 (16″–20″)

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Young Champion B

Chris & Cheryl Carter

Koromo/Goshiki-S –
Size 4 (16″–20″)

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Baby Champion A

Bill & Jan Doyle

Sanke
Size 1 (Under 8″)

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Baby Champion B

Rick & Pam Jokerst

Kawarigoi-S
Size 2 (8″–12″)

 

Sakura Award – Michelle Gravenish – Kawarigoi-S – Size 4 (16″–20″)

Botan Award – Dick Hadley – KHikari Muji – Size 6 (24″–28″)

Tsubaki Award – Paul Korf – Hikari Moyo-T – Size 6 (24″–28″)

Jumbo Award – Tony & Diane Malone – Utsuri – Size 7 (Over 28″)

Most Unique Koi – Michelle Gravenish – Kawarigoi-S – Size 4 (16″–20″)

Best Tosai – Scott Davis – Gin Rin A-S Size 1 (Under 8″)

President’s Award – Ray Alexander – Asagi/Shusui-B – Size 7 (Over 28″)

AKJA Judges’ Award – Peter Wong – HikarI Muji-B – Size 6 (24″–28″)

St. Louis Water Garden Society – Ed Buck – Kawarigoi-S Size 4 (16″–20″)

Greater Louisville Koi & Goldfish Society – John & Pat Hall – Hikari Utsuri-T – Size 4 (16″–20″)

Michigan Koi & Pond Club – Ray & Charlene Cebulski – Kawarigoi-S – Size 6 (Over 28″)

NMZNA – Michelle Gravenish – Sanke – Size 4 (16″–20″)

Eastern Iowa Pond Society – Gregory & Judy Rekan – Hikari-Moyo-T – Size 1 (Under 8″)

Friendship Award – Ray & Charlene Cebulski – Hikari Moyo-T – Size 3 (12″–16″)

Awards by Entrant

Alexander
Best in Variety Kohaku (Size 6)
Best in Size 3 (Kohaku)
First Place Asagi/Shusui-B (Size 7)
Bateman
Best in Size 5 (Showa)
Best in Size 6 (Kohaku)
First Place Utsuri (Size 6)
Belletete
Third Place Sanke (Size 2)
Buck
First Place Kohaku (Size 5)
First Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 5)
First Place Gin Rin B-S (Size 5)
Second Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 5)
Third Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 4)
Carter
Best in Variety Kawarigoi-S (Size 3)
Best in Variety Gin Rin A-S (Size 3)
First Place Hikari Muji-B (Size 4)
First Place Tancho-T (Size 3)
Third Place Kohaku (Size 3)
First Place Koromo/Goshiki-S (Size 4)
First Place Hikari Utsuri-B (Size 2)
Cebulski
Best in Variety Longfin (Size 7)
First Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 6)
Second Place Utsuri (Size 5)
Third Place Sanke (Size 4)
Third Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 3)
Third Place Gin Rin B-S (Size 4)
Cholewinski
Best in Variety Bekko-B (Size 2)
First Place Tancho-T (Size 1)
First Place Bekko-B (Size 2)
First Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 2)
First Place Gin Rin B-S (Size 2)
Second Place Utsuri (Size 2)
Third Place Gin Rin A-S (Size 1)
Davis, D
First Place Sanke (Size 3)
First Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 4)
First Place Gin Rin B-S (Size 1)
Second Place Sanke (Size 2)
Second Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 1)
Second Place Gin Rin A-S (Size 3)
Third Place Showa (Size 2)
Davis, S
Best in Variety Hikari Utsuri-T (Size 5)
First Place Koromo/Goshiki-S (Size 3)
First Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 1)
First Place Gin Rin A-S (Size 2)
First Place Gin Rin A-S (Size 1)
Second Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 3)
Second Place Gin Rin B-S (Size 1)
Third Place Asagi/Shusui-B (Size 1)
Third Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 3)
DeWalls
Best in Variety Sanke (Size 6)
Best in Variety Gin Rin B-S (Size 5)
First Place Sanke (Size 6)
First Place Gin Rin A-S (Size 3)
Second Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 6)
Second Place Gin Rin B-S (Size 4)
Doyle
Best in Variety Koromo/Goshiki-S (Size 5)
First Place Sanke (Size 7)
First Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 6)
First Place Gin Rin A-S (Size 5)
Second Place Showa (Size 6)
Second Place Kohaku (Size 5)
Gravenish
Best in Size 4 (Kohaku)
First Place Kohaku (Size 4)
First Place Sanke (Size 1)
First Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 4)
Second Place Kohaku (Size 2)
Second Place Sanke (Size 1)
Second Place Sanke (Size 4)
Second Place Koromo/Goshiki-S (Size 2)
Hadley
Third Place Utsuri (Size 6)
Third Place Koromo/Goshiki-S (Size 4)
Head
First Place Utsuri (Size 1)
First Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 1)
First Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 7)
Second Place Longfin Size 7)
Third Place Sanke (Size 6)
Third Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 2)
Third Place Gin Rin B-S (Size 1)
Jokerst
First Place Kohaku (Size 3)
First Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 2)
Second Place Gin Rin A-S (Size 1)
Kendall
First Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 5)
Third Place Sanke (Size 5)
Korf
Second Place Koromo/Goshiki-S (Size 4)
Third Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 1)
Malone
Best in Size 7 (Kohaku)
First Place Kohaku (Size 2)
First Place Kohaku (Size 7)
First Place Sanke (Size 5)
First Place Showa (Size 6)
First Place Utsuri (Size 7)
Second Place Utsuri (Size 6)
Third Place Kohaku (Size 2)
Passovoy
First Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 3)
First Place Longfin (Size 7)
Rekan
First Place Asagi/Shusui-B (Size 4)
First Place Hikari Muji-B (Size 1)
First Place Hikari Muji-B (Size 3)
First Place Longfin (Size 7)
Second Place Kohaku (Size 4)
Second Place Sanke (Size 3)
Second Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 1)
Retterath
Best in Variety Hikari Moyo-T (Size 6)
Best in Variety Tancho-T (Size 3)
First Place Sanke (Size 4)
First Place Utsuri (Size 5)
Second Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 4)
Second Place Gin Rin A-S (Size 5)
Sims
First Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 3)
Second Place Showa (Size 2)
Third Place Longfin (Size 7)
Thomas
Best in Variety Utsuri (Size 6)
Velev
Best in Size 1 (Utsuri)
Best in Size 2 Gin Rin A-S
First Place Koromo/Goshiki-S (Size 1)
First Place Koromo/Goshiki-S (Size 2)
First Place Sanke (Size 2)
First Place Showa (Size 1)
First Place Showa (Size 2)
First Place Utsuri (Size 2)
First Place Utsuri (Size 3)
First Place Hikari Muji-B (Size 5)
Second Place Asagi/Shusui-B (Size 1)
Second Place Kawarigoi-S (Size 2)
Second Place Kohaku (Size 3)
Second Place Hikari Moyo-T (Size 3)
Third Place Sanke (Size 1)
Vertin
Third Place Utsuri (Size 5)
Webb
Second Place Sanke (Size 6)
Third Place Showa (Size 6)
Wong
Best in Variety Showa (Size 5)
Best in Variety Asagi/Shusui-B (Size 5)
Best in Variety Hikari Muji-B (Size 6)
First Place Tancho-T (Size 2)
First Place Showa (Size 5)
First Place Gin Rin B-S (Size 4)
Second Place Sanke (Size 5)
Second Place Utsuri (Size 3)
Third Place Kohaku (Size 5)
Wright
Second Place Showa (Size 5)

Koi History by Ray Jordan

picture1No written history was kept of the early development of colored carp. Oral history of colored carp/koi is sketchy and often there are many different variations on how specific varieties of koi were developed. That said, here is the version that rings most true to my ear.

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Origin/Distribution of Cyprinus carpio

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It is believed that the common river carp originated in the Caspian & Black sea area. Carp were traded and carried father and farther from their original location because of their ability to survive in many different types of climates and waterways.

 

 

 

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Common river carp have been raised for food for thousands of years.

Carp sometimes have natural mutations of colors including spots or bellies that are red, brown, grey, light blue/grey, light yellow, and tortoiseshell. Carp farmers all over the world would have seen these same mutations but only in the Niigata area of Japan were carp developed and refined successfully by selective breeding to eventually become what we know today as living jewels (koi).
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Carp in Eastern Cultures

  • Carp is an Auspicious Animal believed to possess special attributes – Strength, Health, Persistence, Luck, Wealth, & Destiny
  • There is an important myth of a carp leaping up a waterfall and swimming tirelessly upstream to reach the headwater. When it succeeded, it was rewarded by transformation into a mighty dragon. In China, images or statues of carp are a traditional gift to a student beginning school.
  • In Japan, auspicious colors are red, white, black, blue, yellow, & brown.
  • The color Red (aka) is an expression of happy or bright feelings. Red evokes images of fortunate or happy occasions, symbolized by red and white as seen on kohaku.
  • “Nishikigoi begins and ends with Kohaku.”
  • Japanese prefer the majority of koi in a pond should be Kohaku to convey bright, happy feelings.

Carp sometimes have natural mutations of colors including spots or bellies that are red, brown, grey, light blue/grey, light yellow, and tortoiseshell. Carp farmers all over the world would have seen these same mutations but only in the Niigata area of Japan were carp developed and refined successfully by selective breeding to eventually become what we know today as living jewels (koi).

Why Were Koi Created Only in Niigata, Japan?

  • Very isolated in winter
  • 20+ feet of snow accumulation
  • Lack of fresh food in winter
  • Very Artistic/Creative/Competitive People
  • Profit – Colored Carp were valuable
  • Competitions (Annual Formal Koi Shows in Niigata area since 1912)
  • Artistic – Create something new, exciting, & unique.

It is believed carp first came to Japan by way of China about 400 – 600 years ago. Likely the remoteness of the mountainous Niigata area and especially in their harsh winters, with up to 20 ft of accumulated snow, inspired these home-bound villagers to find something beautiful to occupy their minds. Winters were so harsh that some carp had to be brought into temporary ponds inside their small homes to survive.

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It is incredible to think that some bored rice/carp farmer, gazing at some of his pet magoi with a few red or gold spots, started thinking “I can breed Spot and Speckles and create a new type of colorful carp and then sell them for lots of Yen.”
Imagine what he would think if he could return today and see how popular, beautiful and expensive some of the descendants of his pet fish experiment had become.
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Carp in Niigata: Breeding for Color Begins

Key Dates in Koi History
1889 – Kunizo Hiroi (Gosuke) bred 1st modern kohaku
1904 – 1st German carp imported and bred to asagi
1908 – Post Russo/Japan War boom – colored carp prices soar – sales banned – 1st koi shows
1914 – Patterned Carp Exhibition in Tokyo
1917 – Elizaburo Hoshino, bred 1st Taisho sanke
1927 – Jukichi Hoshino (Shiro-bei) bred 1st Showa sanke
WW II – Most koi lost – confiscated for food
1946 – Sawata Aoki created first Yamabuki Ogon
1950 – Hiroshima area produced 1st gin rin Kohaku
1960 – First plastic bags & use of oxygen
1964 – Tomiji Kobayashi developed new style showa
1968 – ZNA formed – 1st ZNA – All Japan Show
1980 – AKCA formed
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Dark and light Asagis

Some of the earliest accidental occurring types of colored carp seen were Magoi (large black wild carp) with red bellies. From these early colored carp came three types of “different magoi.” Finally three separate branches of koi genealogy emerged.

It is believed that Magoi & Hi-goi and crosses produced “black based” koi. First came Hi (red) and Ki (yellow) bekkos with black tortoise shell markings.

 

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From darker Asagis came Goshiki, then later Koromo, Aka and Ki Matsubas, Karasu (all black), Hageshiro (black with white fins), and Matsukawa-bake (black with changeable white pattern).

From lighter blue based asagis came the white based koi. Taki-asagi (White sided) were the type of asagi used to eventually produce the first Kohaku. About 1830, Taki-asagi pairings produced a few white carp with red spots. These were the first colored carp to be called Kohaku (Red & White) and were the early ancestors of the modern Kohaku which is still the most popular koi kept today.

kohakuIn the late 1800’s there were a few unique red & white fish produced from breeding Taki Asagis. . In 1889 Kunizo Hiroi (Gosuke) bred a female carp that was white with a red head to a male carp with a red cherry blossom pattern to produce the first modernkohaku.

Kohakus were bred with Goshiki – Asagi and/or Hi Bekkos to produce the first “old style” Sankes and also shiro bekkos. In the post Russo/Japan war boom years the koi market exploded and prices soared to the point that the sale of koi was banned for awhile. But like our own Prohibition, the koi black market thrived. After a few years the sale of koi was permitted – and taxed – again.
Imagine after the fall harvest groups of rustic Niigata carp/koi farmers celebrating in Ojita City with pockets bulging with yen made by selling their “colored” carp.
Must have been quite a celebration.

Carp in Niigata: Breeding for Color Continues

Glossary:
aka, beni, hi = different shades of red
sumi = black
shiro = white
ki – yellow
motoguro= black spots at the base of pectoral fins

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In 1917 a Niigata koi farmer, Elizaburo Hoshino, bred a special male kohaku with a female Ai Goromo which had just a few spots of sumi netting. This produced the 1st Taisho sanke sanshoku (modern type).
About the same time, Ki bekkos were bred with magoi to produce the first Ki Utsuri.

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Finally Hi and/or Ki Utsuri and Kohaku or White-ish Kawarigoi with red spots were bred by Jukichi Hoshino (Shiro-bei). He produced the first “original style” Showa that looked somewhat like Hi/Ki utsuri in the early 20th century. These early showas had goshiki-like (grayish) shiro and striped fins.

 

 

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The next change was accomplished by breeding showa to asagi, which helped produce motoguro marked fins. In 1964 Tomiji Kobayashi crossed a Male Yogozen Kohaku with a female showa to produce a new style showa with a large dorsal crimson red pattern. It also had a brighter white ground without netting, deep wrapping sumi that formed motoguro, and a zigzag pattern on the head.

Jukichi Hoshino (Shiro-bei) produced the first “original style” Showa that looked somewhat like Hi/Ki utsuri in the early 20th century. These early showas had goshiki like (grayish) shiro and striped fins. Next change was accomplished by breeding to asagi which helped produce motoguro marked fins.

In 1964 Tomiji Kobayashi crossed a Male Yogozen Kohaku with a female showa to produce a new style showa with a large dorsal crimson red pattern. It also had a brighter white ground without netting, deep wrapping sumi that forms motoguro, and a zigzag pattern on head.

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There were three additional major steps in the development of the modern koi we see today.

1. Doitsu

First, German carp, which were scale-less and tan colored, were introduced into Japan in 1904. Some early crosses with Asagi produced Shusui, Chagoi, and Kumonryu. These fish, which have very few or no scales, are called “doitsu” – the Japanese pronunciation of “Deutch”.
Most types of koi bred today have had a doitsu version produced. Some popular varieties such as kujaku were actually first produced in the doitsu form and later crossed with scaled koi to develop into the form and pattern we know today.

2. Metallic

Second, in 1921, Sawata Aoki heard the story of a special carp with streaks of gold on its dorsal fin, which had been caught in the river near Hirose village about 30 kilometers away. Sawata felt compelled to walk to the area and see this carp. It was a black magoi with a shine at the base of its dorsal fin. He bought it for a high price and took it home.

After he allowed it to grow large he bred it, keeping only the very few babies that had any golden shine. Over the next 25 years he produced koi there were more and more metallic – Kin Kabuto, Gin Kabuto, Kinbo and Sakin.

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In 1946 Sawata spent a small fortune, 60 yen, to buy a famous female koi of the shiro-fuji (White with shiny silvery head) type which he crossed with his own most improved metallic offspring. This was at the end of World War II and times were very hard. There was no money to buy food for the koi fry so he would catch insects all day and chew them into tiny bits to feed his fry. The people of his village believed he was crazy.

By the end of the summer there were two koi out of this group that had a shining gold sheen all over their bodies. They were also twice the size of their brothers and sisters. These were the original ogon koi (metallic golden scaled dark koi). Can there be any doubt that the special care and devotion shown by Sawata to his creations has produced generations of ogon koi that seem to be more easily tamed than any other type of koi?

Sadly, Sawata never benefited from his creation. He spent everything he had, and he and his family lived in rags, to produce a few first ogons. Later other breeders like Takehira Hoshide would acquire his ogon offspring and develop more refined brightly colored Yambukis (gold) and Platinums (silver). The first of these 2nd generation ogons sold for huge sums of money. Ogons are the basis for creating all the metallic types of koi we see today, including Kin Showa, Kujaku, Hariwake, Yamato Nishiki, and Kikiuryus.

3. Ginrin

Third, in Hiroshima (Southern Japan) about 1920 some magoi were discovered that had scales along their backs that sparkled like diamonds. These diamond type scales were first called “Dia Ginrin”.

Many attempts were made to breed these magoi to get baby koi with these types of scales all over the body. Then these Dia Ginrin koi were bred to popular types of koi.

About 1950 the first kinginrin kohaku appeared. Some of these first Dia Kohakus sold for $30,000 in the 1950’s. Dia Ginrin is more commonly called Hiroshima ginrin today.

Several other types of gin rin have been developed including Tama also called pearl gin, beta gin, and kado, also called “edge”, gin.
It is amazing to think that in a little over 100 years all the 100+ named varieties we know today were developed. Most since World War II when almost all koi were lost in Japan due to lack of food and orders from the military to forfeit all carp to be eaten. Fortunately the core koi brood stock was hidden in secluded Shinto temple ponds. After the war the survivors were recovered and breeding began again. But that is another story entirely.

Carp/Koi History Terms
Carp – Common River Carp (Cyprinus carpio)
Goi – Japanese for Carp
Magoi – Japanese for black carp grown for food
Variety First bred about Breeder Parent Koi Parent Koi
Asagi Early 1800's Spontaneous generation Lighter colored Asagi Magoi
Ki Bekko Mid 1800'sSpontaneous generation Magoi Hi-goi
Kohaku 1889 Kunizo Hiroi (Gosuke) White female(red head) White male (red-cherry blossom pattern)
Original Sanke 1890-1900 ?Kohaku Shiro Bekko
Shusui 1910 Kichigoro Akiyama Asagi sankeDoitsu mirror carp
Ki Utsuri 1921 Elzaburo HoshinoKi Bekko Magoi
Ki Utsuri (refined)1924 Mosaku Hiroi Ki Utsuri Ki Utsuri
Shiro Utsuri 1925 Kazui Minemura Magoi  
Showa
1926 or 1927 Jukichi Hoshino

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(M) Ki or Hi Utsuri (F) Kohaku or red/white Kawarigoi
Dark Ogon 1946 Sawata Aoki Kinbo Kin Kabuto
Yamabuki Ogon 1957 Sawata Aoki Ki-goi Light colored Ogon
Doitsu Kujaku 1960 Toshio Hirasawa Hariwaki Shusui
Platinum Ogon 1963 Tadao Yoshioko Ki-goi Nezu Ogon
Midori-goi 1963 Tacho Yodhioka Male Yamabuki OgonFemale Shusui
Kobaysahi Showa 1964 Tomiji Kobayashi (M) Yagozen Kohaku(F) Showa
Yamato-Nishiki 1965 Seikichi Hoshino Sanke Ogon
Beni Kumanryu 1980 Megumi Yoshida Male Kumanryu Female Doitsu Kohaku
Kikikuryu 1993 Kataoka & Aoki Kumanryu Doitsu Kikusui
Beni Kikikuryu 1995 Kataoka & Aoki Beni Kumanryu Doitsu Kikusui

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Koi Pattern Development

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Copyright 2006 Ray Jordan

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Directions to The MAX avoid traffic (2016 show)

What Google Maps, MapQuest, or your car’s navigational GPS don’t tell you!

Admittedly Google Maps, MapQuest, or your car’s navigation GPS will provide you with accurate direct routes to the MPKS Koi Show at the MAX Conference Center, 4750 Vernon Avenue in McCook, Illinois. However, accurate direct routes don’t take into account existing local traveling and traffic impediments. If you want to avoid road construction projects and railroad crossings in the area that can cause significant traffic delays, you might want to take one of the local area routes we suggest to bypass these potentially frustrating traveling impediments. We have provided maps for three local street intersections as area starting points with directions to the MPKS Koi Show site.

Getting to any of the three area starting intersection points is best left for you, depending upon your departure location and route preferences you may have. To assist you, we provide you with a set of various maps. Map #1 provides a Metropolitan Chicago area view of major arterial Interstate Highways to orient you to the general location of the three Intersection starting points and their relationship to the McCook Koi Show site and it. Map #2 provides a more closeup view of the area encompassed by the three localized “starting points. Maps X1, X2, and X3 are also included for providing a more closeup detailed view specific to each “starting intersection” point. Map #4 provides a closeup aerial photo of the Conference site, including parking area and access door location.

Map #1: Provides a general directional overview and location orientation. Each of the initial local area intersection “Starting Points” has a large encircled red “X” to mark its location in reference to the McCook Koi Show site. In general, take whatever route from your departure location you already know or research to find out which best leads you to one of the following three targeted “Area Starting Intersections.”

Coming from the West, Northwest, or Northeast– Map Intersection Circle X1
Intersection of La Grange Rd. (Rte 45) & Ogden Ave. (Rte. 34)

From the East or Southeast – Map Intersection Circle X2
Intersection of Harlem Ave. (Rte. 43) & Ogden Ave. (Rte. 34)

From the South or Southwest – Map Circle Intersection X3
Intersection of La Grange Rd. (Rte 45) & 55th Street

If you would like, use these intersections in your GPS
and then utilize Map #2 for a visual of the preferred final routes.

Map #2: Provides a more detailed closeup, to assist in locating and traveling to the three local area starting intersection points, by supplying labeled street identifications and prominent red directional arrows. (The solid-line arrows indicate recommended routes while broken-line arrows optional alternate routes). This map is only a prelude to choosing the particular detail map from the following three offered, each which appropriately targets the best route directions from one the preferred local area starting intersections to the MKS Koi Show site in McCook.

If you prefer, step-by-step instructions for each of these three routes follow

Map X1, Map X2, Map X3:  Each of these is a detail map and specific routing directions from one of the recommended local area starting intersections that avoid traffic, road construction, and railroad delays as well as safest stoplight controlled access to 47th Street in the proximity of the MAX Convention Center. Choose the particular map based upon your preference based on prior knowledge or diligent research.

If you need to know, where to park and enter the building

Map #4: Provides a GPS Aerial Layout view of the Koi Show Site, labeling the parking area, the specific access entrance, etc.

Created by John Norton.

BYLAWS OF THE Midwest Pond and Koi Society

ARTICLE I

PURPOSE OF THE SOCIETY

For the betterment and education of those interested in water gardens, and/or koi, and/or ornamental fish; through the exchange of information, exhibition, workshops, seminars, tours, and interaction with other similar groups.

ARTICLE II

MEMBERSHIP AND DUES

SECTION 1

Any person, family, or corporation that has interest in ponds and/or ornamental fish as expressed in article i shall be eligible for membership and will become a member upon payment of annual dues.

SECTION 2

Membership dues are to be paid annually. membership will run from january 1st to december 31st each year. dues for all new members will be $25.00/family membership. renewal of dues will be $20.00 annually if renewal is paid prior to march 1 of the year in which they are due. on or after march 1, all renewals raise to $25.00/family membership and $25.00 for a corporate or business membership.

ARTICLE III

RIGHTS OF MEMBERSHIP

Member in good standing shall receive a membership card and copy of the by-laws. a member has the right to attend any club meeting or club activity. members also have the right to attend the annual pond walk free of charge and receive the club newsletter. members have the right and are encouraged to participate in the society committees.

ARTICLE IV

MEETINGS

SECTION I

Meetings will be held on the third friday of every month except for november and december. the executive board will establish meeting place and time. meeting date may be changed by the executive board. members would be notified of change by mail one week before meeting.

SECTION 2

The executive board will determine the agenda for the next meeting.

SECTION 3

The executive board shall meet prior to regular club meetings.

ARTICLE V

MINUTES

Minutes shall be taken at all meetings by the secretary or someone appointed by the secretary in his or her absence. minutes will be kept by all committees and will be the responsibility of the chairperson in charge of said committee. copies of all minutes will be kept by the secretary and are available upon request to any and all members.

ARTICLE VI

RECORDS OF THE SOCIETY

All records of the society are the sole property of the society. unauthorized use of said records is strictly prohibited. all current records will be kept by the secretary.(current meaning less than one year old) older records shall be kept by the society historian. records are defined as any document, picture, tape, or video that was produced by or for the society or pertains to the society.

ARTICLE VII

OFFICERS

SECTION 1 — EXECUTIVE BOARD

The executive board shall be made up of the following officers: president, vice president, treasurer, recording secretary, communicating secretary, executive committee chairman, and eight directors. these officers will serve a term of two years with the following exception. any person elected for the 1994 year to the following offices: vice president, treasurer, and half the directors, small serve only a one year term. the directors that will be serving a one year term will be determined by a lottery.

SECTION 2 — VACANCIES

In the event of a vacancy on the executive board. the board shall by a majority vote appoint a member to fill the vacancy. this person will perform all duties of the office until the next scheduled election.

SECTION 3 — NOMINATIONS

Any member in good standing may be nominated for any office. nominations shall be submitted in writing to the secretary on or before the september meeting. a list of nominees will be published and distributed to the general membership before the october meeting.

SECTION 4 — ELECTIONS

Elections shall be held at the october meeting. the election shall be by secret ballot or by a show of hands. a lottery will be conducted by the secretary and two other officers to determine the order of names appearing on the ballot. the president shall count the ballots and announce the winners. in the case of a tie, there will be a “run off” election immediately. officers shall be installed at the election meeting. absentee ballots may be obtained from the secretary and must be returned no later than one week before the election meeting.

SECTION 5 — HOLDING MORE THAN ONE OFFICE

An officer or director of the Midwest Pond and Koi Society (MPKS) may also serve as an officer or director of another pond and/or fish club excluding only the office of President of the second organization while on the board of the MPKS. He or she must abstain from voting on issues that are deemed to be a conflict of interest with respect to the MPKS and the second organization.

ARTICLE VIII

DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS

SECTION I — DUTIES OF THE PRESIDENT

The president shall perform all duties previously set forth here and preside at all meetings that he or she is present at. the president shall also act as chief liaison between this society and any other club or organization.

SECTION 2 — DUTIES OF VICE PRESIDENT

The vice president shall assume all duties of the president in the absence of the president or at the request of the president.

SECTION 3 — DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY

The office of recording secretary is responsible for the minutes of the board meetings and maintenance of the membership list. This officer will work with the treasurer to facilitate invoicing of dues and thorough maintenance of the membership list. The recording secretary will regularly share the membership list with the corresponding secretary, other board members, and those external entities who may need to contact the membership. The recording secretary, will co-chair a committee to manage the club’s voicemail and
hotel communications.

The office of communicating secretary is responsible for monthly correspondence with the membership. Working with the recording secretary who will provide the most up to date membership list, the communicating secretary is responsible for emailing the membership regarding upcoming events including monthly meetings. The communicating secretary is responsible for monthly post cards. The communicating secretary will co-chair a committee to manage the club’s voicemail and hotel
communications.

SECTION 4 — DUTIES OF THE TREASURER

The treasurer shall collect and record all monies due the society. to prepare and present at every scheduled meeting a treasurer’s report- to pay all predetermined accounts as may be authorized by a majority of the board and to pay those bills presented and approved at meetings. to prepare and submit all reports required by any governmental agency.

SECTION 5 — DUTIES OF
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON

This person shall oversee all committees of the society. this person will also appoint all committee chairpeople.

SECTION 6

Directors shall have a vote on the executive board.

SECTION 7

All officers shall be responsible to make sure that the society’s activities are in accordance with the purpose of this society.

ARTICLE IX — APPROVAL AND AMENDMENTS
OF THE BY-LAWS

The by-laws may be amended at any Society Meeting by a vote in favor of the amendment changes in which two thirds (2/3rds) of those attending the Society Meeting agree to said changes. Said changes must be proposed at a preceding meeting. Said changes shall be mailed to all members at least 15 days prior to the Society Meeting at which the amendment will be considered. The mailing will be in the form of a notice within the next newsletter of the Society.

ARTICLE X — PROPERTY RIGHTS OF MEMBERS

All property of the society is irrevocably the property of the society and is dedicated to use for the betterment of the club. in the event that the society is dissolved all monies and property shall be donated to a not for profit organization chosen by a majority of the remaining members of the society and under no circumstance shall any property or monies revert to or go to any individual or current or past member of this society. nor shall any property or monies be used for the betterment of an individual member. the society may sell or dispose of any club property by approval of the board.

ARTICLE XI — PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES

SECTION 1

Roberts rules of order will govern all meetings when necessary.

SECTION 2

A quorum is required to hold general and executive, and committee meetings- the quorum for a general meeting shall be 30% of the general membership. a quorum for an executive or committee meeting shall be 30% of the board or committee members.

ARTICLE XII — RULES OF THE SOCIETY

SECTION 1

Unauthorized sales, advertising, distribution, solicitation by members at club meetings or events is prohibited.

SECTION 2

Unauthorized use of society property, funds or membership lists is prohibited.

SECTION 3

All ideas that are developed for the society become the sole property of the society.

SECTION 4

Behavior that is in violation of the rules of this society or the statement of purpose can lead to expulsion from this society. for this to happen it has to be voted on by the membership and passed by a majority.

SECTION 5

Membership list shall be comprised of the names of all members, their addresses and phone numbers. if a member does not want their name, address or phone number to appear on the membership list, the member must notify the secretary in writing. the membership list is the sole property of the society and any unauthorized use or sale of said list is strictly prohibited. the society has the right to sell or use as it deems fit.

ARTICLE XIII — DEFINITIONS AND MEANINGS

The following are the definitions and meanings as pertaining to this document:

  1. Society — MIDWEST POND AND KOI SOCIETY
  2. Member in good standing — any member that has paid current dues
  3. Unauthorized — anything that has not been approved by a majority of the board in writing
  4. Board — refers to the executive board
  5. Family Membership — all family members residing in the same household
  6. Business or Corporate Membership — A membership in a business or corporate name. only the owner or president will have the rights of a member.

 

Show vats available for purchase

MPKS has an opportunity to purchase 6ft vats which hold 500 gals of water. The vats are used but in very good condition. There is no net with the vat.

The price is $225 plus shipping. They normally retail for $500.

If you are interested, please reply to Charlene@mpks.org by Feb 19th.

Link to old article pages

Here is a link to our old article pages. A lot of gold here!

 

Old Articles

2015 Koi Show

Admission is always FREE! Public is invited!

We are proud to announce our 23nd Annual show to be held over the weekend of June 26-28, 2015. We will once again be hosting our show at the Darien Sportsplex in Darien, Il. It is an air- conditioned facility with plenty of room for show vats and vendor booths. If you have never shown before, or are a veteran koi show participant, we hope you will consider showing your koi this year.

View the 2015 Show Info Packet

Koi Show Rules

Seminar Schedule

Dr. Passovoy and his water quality team (fondly referred to as the “water mopes”) will be assuring the best care of your koi while at our show, as they have done for many years now.

SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS

We will be once again be presenting a program of speakers and topics of general interest to koi hobbyists. Topics and schedules will soon be published on our website as well as in our upcoming newsletter.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND – THREE MAJOR NON-GOSANKE AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED!
Instead of having only one special non-gosanke award (Grand Champion ‘B’), we will again be presenting three major awards this year to non-gosanke koi. These awards will be the Sakura Award (from Gin Rin ‘A’ and ‘B’, Goshiki/ Goromo, and Kawarigoi), the Tsubaki Award (from Tancho, Hikari Moyo and Hikari Utsuri), and the Botan Award (from Asagi/Shusui, Hikari Muji, Hi/Ki Utsuri, and Bekko). We will also once again be presenting a special award for the best non-gosanke Baby (under 12″) koi.

Koi Show entry forms, banquet reservation, hotel accommodations, show schedule, show rules, and other important information will be posted here shortly. If you have further questions, please contact our Koi Show chairman Bryan Bateman (email Bryzkoi@aol.com).

We will, of course, need lots of volunteers to help with the show this year! We’ll be hiring part- time help to set up and break down vats – always a most difficult job – but will need lots of help with vendor booth set up, traffic control, filling the show vats, club table, show tear-down, etc. .

We are also asking for a few night-owls who would be willing to baby-sit the koi after the show closes until about 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.

Links to vendor information are available at the top of the page. We will have volunteer sign-up sheets available at the April and May dinner meetings, but you don’t have to wait until then to sign up. If you can help this year, please email to Bryzkoi@aol.com what days you might be available to help. Please see the volunteer schedule elsewhere on this website for the times and duties. We hope to see you at the show!