Julian Baggio


Julian has been employed at Cairns Marine for almost 18 years and has been an avid aquarist and collector for over 30 years. He completed his degree in marine science at the University of Queensland, majoring in marine parasitology. First employed by Cairns Marine in 1997 as a collections diver, Julian shifted into the role of facility aquarist, specialising in the care and transport of Cairns Marine’s public aquarium animals.

Over the past 7 years he has overseen export sales and freight logistics, more recently focusing on the growing demand worldwide for Australian SPS corals and the challenges involved with their care and successful transportation. Julian has previously presented at the International Aquarium Congress (IAC), Regional Aquatics Workshop (RAW) and MACNA 2013.

Sustainable Wild Collection of Australian Fish and Corals

This presentation will focus on sustainable wild collection of Australian Fish and Coral within the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and adjacent Coral Sea Fishery. Methods of collection and onboard holding will be discussed with emphasis on the deep water rare fish, SPS and LPS coral collection.

High definition underwater footage of aquarium collection divers at work, in a range of habitats, will give the audience a fish eye view of the way in which aquarium stock is harvested using world’s best practice. Fish and coral holding at Cairns Marine’s state of the art facility will also be covered along with the husbandry associated with their optimal care.