Pro-vision Reef Inc is an Australian aquarium supply industry association representing licensed operators in the Queensland Marine Aquarium Fish Fishery; the Queensland Coral Fishery; and the Coral Sea Fishery.
Established in 1992 as the Queensland Aquarium Supply Divers Association as a point of contact for fisheries and marine protected areas managers, the association became known as Pro-vision Reef Inc in 2007. The change reflected a more proactive approach to achieving a prosperous future for the industry through demonstration of the highest standards of operational efficiency and environmental performance. Membership of the association includes the majority of active licenses and accounts for about 90 per cent of the output from the fisheries.
The primary aim of Pro-vision Reef Inc is to engender community and market confidence in the marine aquarium industry on the Great Barrier Reef and in the Coral Sea. A major focus of the association is to ensure that the fisheries operate at the worlds highest standards of environmental performance; and that this is recognised in the community and the market.
In 2009, Pro-vision Reef released the Stewardship Action Plan, which prescribes compulsory collection strategies for both corals and fish that aim to minimise the collector’s environmental footprint. This landmark initiative includes collection and reporting strategies for events linked to climate change and is expected to form a blueprint for other fisheries on the Great Barrier Reef and beyond.
Cairns Marine is instrumental in the direction and success of the association with director, Lyle Squire jnr in the role of president.
Learn more about Pro-vision Reef Inc at: www.pro-visionreef.org