Reef Guardian Fishers
The Reef Guardian Fishers program recognises commercial fishers who are fishing sustainably and maintaining the health of the Great Barrier Reef while building the future of their fishery, their business and the Reef.
Reef Guardian Fishers operate in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and use practices that go beyond what is required by State and Federal laws.
Participants in the program:
- Set robust voluntary protocols for their operations
- Develop innovative practices to minimise impacts on the environment
- Share knowledge with other fishers and their communities.
A key initiative of the Reef Guardian Fishers program is involving all participants in using an emissions calculator to measure carbon emissions and identify ways to more energy and cost efficient.
Participants also report back to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on the health of the marine environment. For example, coral damage, sightings of rare or unusual species.
Currently the reef line fishery and commercial marine aquarium fish and coral collectors are included in the Reef Guardian Fishers program. The aim is to expand to other fisheries as the Reef Guardian Fishers program progresses.
Joining the Reef Guardian Fishers programCommercial fishers operating in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park looking to join the program are assessed in operational areas including:
- Fishing operations
- Vessel operations
- Business management
- Community engagement
- Risk management.
For more information on how to join the program contact the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Reef Guardian Participant Interviews