1st International Seminar of Ornamental Fishes by Heiko Bleher

Iran – Shiraz, 23-24 February 2010

Image The 1st International Seminar of Ornamental Fishes was very successful, also because Saeed Asadi, owner of aquarium Picasso in Shiraz, Iran, had placed gigantic posters all over the city, which is one of Iran’s most populated with nearly 3 million inhabitants. More then 110 selected trade and fisheries persons from all over Iran were hand-selected and invited to attend Heiko’s seminars. The Fars Fisheries delegates, Head of Jihad Agriculture Organization of the Fars Province, Directors and delegates from all of Iran came to listen from early morning to late evening for two days to Heiko’s lecture. Below some photos of this unique and 1st event of its kind, the 10 topic of the lectures and also the end a few photos of Shiraz known as the city of poets, wine and flower.

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Gigantic posters of Heiko Bleher’s seminars of 10 metre by 5 metre where placed around Shiraz, like here on a main intersection of the Esteghlal Boulevard. And smaller posters in every mall, shopping alley and on the hundreds of pet shops.
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Saeed Asadi, the owner of Aquarium Picasso, which he runs together with his partner Shojai, had also made large folding posters and placed them everywhere (upper photo: Saeed together with Heiko next to one of those). He also had professionals design the invitation card, covers and inside (middle and lower photos), with the details of each seminar during those two days.
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Each invited guest received a printed name card like the one here with Heiko Bleher’s name printed in Farsi language (upper) and a magnificent pen also with the name of the seminar printed on it in Farsi (centre). Saeed had also made specially hand grafted attach cases with the seminar stamped on it (lower) and writing blocks and a DVD (the latter not shown). Rarely one had organized so well a seminar – congratulations Saeed. Below some photos of the seminar…
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The responsible Fars Fisheries persons and Saeed Asadi (photo) did the opening speech and there was a welcome banner in Farsi very big placed in the beautiful auditorium in the building of the Government of Shiraz.
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Heiko started his seminars with the Past, Present and Future of the Aquarium Hobby world-wide followed by 3 seminars about Discus (see below the openings of all 10 seminars). The translation from English to Farsi, was done by the Sadaf Sharfaei the Manager of Public Relations of The House of Eternal Culture, a NGO, with the help of Behnam Karimifar, M. Sc Fishery Aquarium Expert (both in lower photo), the most famous Ornamental Fish expert in Iran

There were 121 special invited guests listening in full attention during both days from morning to evening making hundreds of questions to Heiko…

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Saeed and Behnam (left and right in upper photo, respectively), where both extremely helpful in every aspect, and both had been last September with Heiko and Natasha on a field trip to the south-western region of Iran. The Saeed’s sister with her son (centre photo), came also to the seminars, as well as representatives of the Fars Fisheries (lower photo). And the gentle woman from Fars Fisheries (to Heiko’s left) gave a final speech saying (translated from Farsi language): 
“Wash our eyes – observe another way. Mister Bleher you are a well developed human because you are familiar with open horizons. You touch the nature with open eyes and ears. You are the messenger of nature. We are honoured being with you. You open a new and beautiful window of the universe for us. Thank you so much”. 


Below now the 10 seminar topics:

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And finally on the last day, late in the evening, all those persons who had made most of the questions to Heiko after the seminar had finished wanted a group photo with Heiko before he left – everyone is a very dedicated ornamental fish person…
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The following day Heiko was invited for lunch to the most famous Shiraz Restaurant Shater Abbas (upper) by the Hon. Mozaffar Moazzam Director of Conference, Head of Fars Fisheries Department (head of 26 Fisheries in Iran, of the 31 existing Fisheries).

The lower photo shows (from left): Saeed Asadi; Mehrzad Kehrad, Head of Jihad Agriculture Organization of Fars Province; Hon. Mozaffar Moazzam, Head of Fars Fisheries; Heiko Bleher; and Mohammad Hossein Asadi (Saeed’s uncle who speaks perfect Spanish). And the Hon. Mozaffar Moazzam gave Heiko a special present, a beautiful book Iran, Manifestation of four Seasons with a dedication written by him:

 

“Prof. Bleher   
You are a developed man.
You are the messenger of nature, we learn the concept of nature by you.
Best wishes”

signed
Moazzam
Fars Fisheries Director

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And Heiko, as well as 121 invited guests, received a hand signed Certificate of Participation

To honour the beautiful city of the poets, where this unique and first seminar of ornamental fishes in Iran took place, a few photos below. Shiraz is most likely more than 4,000 years old. The name Shiraz is mentioned in cuneiform inscriptions from around 2000 BC found in south-western corner of the Shiraz city. According to some Iranian mythological traditions, it was originally erected by Tahmuras Diveband, and afterward fell to ruin. The oldest sample of wine in the world, dating to approximately 7,000 years ago, was discovered on clay jars recovered just outside of Shiraz.

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The Qur’an Gate (in Persian Darvāzeh Ghor’ān) was a part of the great city wall built under the Buwayhid empire and the north-eastern entrance of Shiraz. The Gate was first built during the reign of ‘ Adud ad-Dawla (936-938 AD).

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The Karim Khane Zand’s citadel is a 18th century monument in perfect condition in the city’s centre.

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The old part of Shiraz was built thousands of years ago and these huge wall still stand…

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The Tomb of Hafez and its associated memorial hall, the Hāfezieh, are two memorial structures erected in the northern edge of Shiraz in memory of the celebrated Persian poet Hafez one of the greatest poets of Persia with perhaps a more profound effect on Persian life and culture in general than any other. Hafez was born in Shiraz in 1315 and died there in 1390 and is the beloved figure of all Iranian people. Hafez learned his verses by heart and held a position as the court poet. The open pavilion structures are situated in the Musalla Gardens on the north bank of a seasonal river and house the marble tomb of Hafez (lower photo). The present buildings, built in 1935 and designed by the French architect and archaeologist André Godard, are at the site of previous structures, the most well-known of which was built in 1773. Enamelled tiles mosaic on the roof of the pavilion and the underside of the dome is an arabesque and colourful mosaic.

Thank you Saeed, thank you Shojai and Behnam, thank you Hon. Director Mozaffar Moazzam, thank you Fars Fisheries and Aquarium Picasso, and see you all at the 2nd International Seminar of Ornamental Fishes in 2011. And do not worry, the people who wanted to disturb your great seminar by making a competitive one 3 days later did not succeed. They had less then 10% of the visitors of your fantastic organized seminar…

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