COLERAINE Probus members were hooked by the wonderful world of Japanese carp at their recent meeting.
Wesley Stewart, from ‘Causeway KOI’ came along to talk about his involvement with the exotic species.
Leaving school at CAI on reaching 16, Wesley spent a year as an apprentice grounds man. This fostered an appetite for horticulture, and led to four years study at the Horticulture College in Scotland.
On his return to Portrush, Wesley started in the business of designing gardens and constructing fish ponds. Sooner or later, his clients would inquire about fish for their ponds and so the business expanded to the supplying of.
This then necessitated trips to Japan to purchase the fish and arrange for transport back to NI. On occasions the client would accompany Wesley on the long flight to Niigata Prefecture, Japan to meet the fish breeders and select suitable KOI.
*For the full story, see this week's Coleraine Chronicle.