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Sustainable Harvesting

Salty Pets is a wholesaler of live coral and live fish from the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland Australia! We ship around the globe.

Where does our product go?

Salty Pets’ customers are global. We export to the United States of America, Canada, Russia, Germany, The Netherlands, South Africa, New Zealand, throughout Asia and Europe as well as domestically around Australia. As we are a wholesale company, when we export our product, we export to wholesalers who in turn will supply local public aquariums and local retail aquarium stores. In Australia, as a wholesaler, we will supply retail aquarium stores and other wholesalers throughout the country.

Sustainability and Environment

We are members of Pro-vision Reef, which is an association of licenced aquarium fish and coral collectors. “Our mission is to engender community and market confidence in our industry through demonstration of, and commitment to, the highest standards of operational efficiency and environmental performance”. The marine species that we harvest are collected in accordance with the management of the Queensland Marine Aquarium Fish Fishery, The Queensland Coral Fishery and the Coral Sea Fishery. When we harvest corals, we are very aware of our surroundings so that neighbouring corals are not damaged in the collection process. We never overfish an area as we are mindful of the future. With our love of corals and with sustainability always in our thoughts, we only collect what we know we can sell therefore eliminating any possibility of by-catch.

Our Facility/Capacity

Over the past eight years, we have continuously expanded our facility which now enables us to hold over 5000 individual animals across eight separate systems. Each system has a capacity of approximately 8000 litres with this volume circulating through the filtration process up to five times an hour. Having these separate systems allows for any infection or contamination to be contained and easily treated. All of our systems utilize the latest technology in LED lighting to ensure the animals have a light colour spectrum as close to natural sunlight as possible which promotes growth and colour. These lights also increase the growth rate and survival of frags after the fragmentation process has taken place.

Our packing station, with the use of an air-powered clipping machine, allows us to oxygen and seal individuals in their bag every five seconds. Saving time throughout the packaging process eliminates the overall amount of time an individual spends in the bag. This process is fundamental to our reputation of zero deaths upon arrival

How do you pack and ship Coral and Marine Animals?

We have years of experience shipping Australian Coral to local customers and those interstate and international as well. At Salty Pets we ship coral and marine animals with the utmost care. We take pride in our packing of live Australian marine animals with specialty measures that ensure the highest level of quality and care for every piece and specimen.

Your new live fish, live coral or live invertebrate animals are individually packed into a custom made bag. We pack your new coral with a general rule of 1/3 water and 2/3 oxygen. This combination ensures your new marine selection has optimal conditions for transport with temperatures during shipping remaining as close to optimal as possible.

Our highly skilled staff members scrutinise bags for leaks, possible defects and anything that may compromise the integrity of the bag. We carefully check each shipping bag to avoid loss of water or oxygen during transit.

For select marine species and long-distance coral transport, we add activated carbon to the water. This helps to aid filtration, Activated carbon is known to help remove general contaminants and limit the build-up of toxins that corals may emit especially under stressed conditions such as during transport via road or air.

Your new Australian sourced marine animals are then placed into an airline approved styro-foam container lined with a water-absorbent pad and a 100-micron liner. The Styro-foam containers help regulate temperature and provide a level of shock absorption for each piece, while the liners help contain leaks in the unlikely event that they occur during shipping.

For destinations with a longer transit time or colder/warmer temperatures, we will place the styro-foam container in a cardboard exterior for additional insulation.

Salty Pets is the Australian Coral harvesting and exporting exports. we have a reputation for zero DOA’s and focus a large amount of our time on packaging to ensure our well-established reputation is upheld.

What are Responsible & Sustainable Coral Harvesting industry standards do you follow?

We have years of experience shipping Australian Coral to local customers and those interstate and international as well. At Salty Pets we ship coral and marine animals with the utmost care. We take pride in our packing of live Australian marine animals with specialty measures that ensure the highest level of quality and care for every piece and specimen.

Salty Pets is the Australian Coral harvesting and exporting exports. we have a reputation for zero DOA’s and focus a large amount of our time on packaging to ensure our well-established reputation is upheld.

Can you send my coral interstate or overseas?

Yes, We ship our Australian Coral to interstate and overseas collectors of common and exotic Australian barrier reef coral. If you are looking for your next pieces of aquarium coral please browse our collection of Corals and marine species or call us for more information. We regularly ship coral and marine animals to France, the US, Canada and Singapore with a well-established reputation for zero DOA’s. Our customers are some of the most discerning collectors and importers of Australian Coral and rely on us to deliver sustainably sourced, high-quality Australian coral from the barrier reef as far as America and throughout Europe.

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