Reef Guardian Marine Aquarium Fish and Coral Collectors
Marine aquarium fish and coral collectors are an important part of the Reef Guardian Fishers program.
Marine aquarium fish and coral collectors fish in a sustainable way, using a highly selective hand collection method and maintaining an extensive range of dive sites to spread fishing effort.
Collecting is a harvest fishery, supplying marine life for display in aquariums.
Activities are licensed by Fisheries Queensland and are permitted by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to operate in the Marine Park in accordance with strict conditions.
This includes highly detailed logbook reporting, quota monitoring, ecological risk assessments with input from scientific experts, and monitoring harvesting practices.
This fishery established the representative body Pro-Vision Reef, responsible for publishing a uniform standard of collecting fish and coral.
The standard addresses the impact of fisheries' operations on fish and coral populations and also includes a Response Plan for Coral Bleaching.
These Reef Guardian Fishers are also operating their vessels safely in an efficient manner to minimise the chance of marine pollution.