RTE 1.01Koi fish sketches will be created for the first time in more than 20 years.
The first time was in 1997.
Today, the koi are the biggest species in the world and are caught at a rate of 2,000 per day.
They can live up to 25 years in captivity.
Today, in a bid to raise awareness about the plight of the kongi, RTE is bringing together some of its best-known personalities to help celebrate the koan.
Koi fisherman, Mr Rene Kontz, is joining RTE Radio 2 to discuss his latest creation.
“My friend and colleague from the UK, Mr Kontzi, is working with me on a fish-finding koi koi, and I wanted to make sure I did the same for koi,” said Mr Konsi.
“I wanted to do something different, something that I think has a little bit of an aesthetic appeal.
I wanted a koi sketch that was very much a piece of art, but also meant to help out those that might not know the kawaii-ness of the fish in question.”
This is an opportunity to showcase some of the amazing diversity of koi and koi fishers that we have here in Ireland.
“The best part of the whole thing is the opportunity to get to know the guys who are doing it, and maybe get to learn a little something from them.”
Koi fishing, and how to spot them.
Kontzi Kontzanowski from the Kontsi Group says it’s important to get a picture of what they’re fishing for.
“A lot of these fish are very beautiful.
I like to look at the scales, I like the pattern and I like that colour,” said Kontzik.”
They’re really small, they’re not really big, they look like little fish.”
We’re looking for something that is a little different from what we’ve seen before.
“Kontz says he started out as a fisherman and worked his way up the scale ladder.”
After some years of working in the fishing industry, I realised that I could go back and get into koi fishing and get a little better at it,” he said.”
But then I came back to the drawing board and realised I could get into doing koi sketches for the show.
“Konz says they have been getting good feedback from the public.”
Most of the feedback has been very positive,” he added.”
Many people have commented on the fish, they’ve asked me what it’s like to fish for kawai fish, and it’s all about the beauty of the animals.
“There’s a real sense of pride and a feeling of pride that you’re catching something that’s worth catching.”
Konsi has also been a member of the Irish koi group, the Doolittle Club, for almost 20 years, and has been working with it since 2002.
“It’s a great group of people.
They’ve always done something together.
They’re a family, they all go out fishing together,” he told RTE.
Konsizowski hopes to bring back the kontzi fish for the Dingle koi show.
“To have a fish like that here for Dingle is really nice,” he explained.
“For those that have not caught kawaikai, this fish is a bit of a novelty, but for those that are, it’s great to see.”
Koonsi says there’s nothing quite like a good kawaki fish.