Team Cairns Marine

About us

What we do:

Based in Australia’s tropical far north, Cairns Marine has easy access to the world famous Great Barrier Reef, the isolated and pristine reefs of the Coral Sea and the remote and untamed Gulf of Carpentaria.  From these well-managed and conserved environments we can collect and supply almost any Indo-Pacific species including many that are endemic to the Australian region.

Cairns Marine is Australia’s largest collector and supplier of marinelife for display in aquaria, servicing domestic retail outlets and wholesalers worldwide. Cairns Marine also provides public aquaria with a complete stocking solution for large animals, including sharks, rays and the
enigmatic freshwater sawfish, as well as a bewildering array of smaller fish and invertebrates. 

Decades of large animal husbandry and handling experience means Cairns Marine can not only deliver the largest specimens in premium condition but also support our clients with comprehensive after sales service. 

With Marine Aquarium Council certification and membership of World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Cairns Marine guarantees our public aquarium customers a completely ethical and sustainable chain of custody solution.

Cairns Marine – your sustainable choice



Large animal collection and husbandry requires a unique suite of skills, capacity and infrastructure. Our professional divers have extensive experience collecting sharks, rays and large fish safely and with minimal stress on the animals.


Handling and care of all animals in our shore-based facility is supervised by a curator with more than 25 years experience in public aquaria. Our husbandry protocols focus on animal health through excellent water quality, prophylaxis and pre-quarantine procedures.


Decades of experience shipping marinelife worldwide was recognised recently with a Tropical Innovation award. Customers benefit from proprietary shipping techniques, developed and used only by us, to deliver our animals in premium condition. Our solutions provide financial and ethical peace of mind by maintaining quality control over the entire supply chain.