Aquarium collection industry

Pro-Vision Reef, the peak industry body for coral and marine aquarium fish collectors, are among those working together today for a healthier Reef tomorrow.

In partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Fisheries Queensland, they have developed a range of novel stewardship initiatives.

Ranging from voluntary actions to legislative tools, they set clear proactive benchmarks for ecologically sustainable fisheries practices.

They also provide a mechanism for bottom-up accountability and transparency of actions.

Importantly, these are contributing to positive outcomes for their industry and the Great Barrier Reef.

The industry's Stewardship Action Plan documents best fishing practice for this sector.

In a fisheries first, it provides an accountable framework for fishers to explicitly begin to address ways to deal with climate change impacts like coral bleaching.

The Stewardship Action Plan is closely integrated with the GBRMPA's Bleaching Response Plan and to the Fisheries Queensland's Coral Stress Response Plan.

This initiative led to a collaborative project under the GBRMPA's Climate Change Action Plan to assess the industry's vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.

It is anticipated that this will lead to the development by industry, of a climate change action plan.

The leadership shown by this industry and the lessons learned from this process will help to inform partnership work with other fishing sectors on this issue.