Roots to Happiness documentary

Roots to Happiness highlights the connections of the Fijian people to nature and the astounding beauty of the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape.

Virtual Dive

Take a look underwater at the magnificent wildlife that call the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape home.

Paulo’s Triumph

Paolo Kolikata, chair of the Kubulau Resource Management Committee, talks about the problems his village and other communities in Kubulau District (Bua Province, Fiji) have faced with declining fish catches and the role of marine protected areas in boosting catches.

What makes the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape special?

This extraordinary 27, 000 square kilometers of forests, mangroves, seagrass meadows, reefs,
deep channels, and seamounts is one of the Pacific’s last great wild places. It is home to the
largest population of nesting hawksbills in Fiji as well as green and loggerhead turtles.  It is one
of the few remaining sanctuaries for the highly prized but globally endangered humphead wrasse,
bumphead parrotfish and reef sharks. Local people thrill to frequent sightings of resident pilot
whales and dolphins as well as humpback whales passing through on their annual migrations.
Strong currents run through the deep Vatu-i-Ra channel, nourishing a magnificent diversity of
more than 300 coral and 1000 fish species. These, in turn, sustain breeding colonies of seabirds.
Protecting the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape is critical for maintaining our culture and way of life.

 

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Talanoa Seascape

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A conservation voyage on board the Fijian canoe Uto Ni Yalo

September 27th, 2017|0 Comments

By: Watisoni Lalavanua

I was still trying to acquire a tertiary qualification when my dive buddy, friend and brother, Seru Saumakidonu from Bua Province was already enjoying a life that only some could dream of, earning […]

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Seascape Science

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WCS team prepares for rapid assessments of coral reefs around Koro Island

September 7th, 2017|0 Comments

By: Sahar Noor Kirmani

After a 6 hour delayed start at the Suva port, and a sleepless night on bumpy seas surrounded by an orchestra of snorers, we awoke to the lush, green, steep island slopes […]

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Seascape Stories

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Assisting fisher women from Bua Province further their knowledge on mud crab post-harvesting techniques

July 24th, 2017|0 Comments

By Luke Uluiburotu (WCS Volunteer)
I am from Namalata village, Kubulau in Bua Province, Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island and very well accustomed to seeing women in my village going out to the mangrove forests […]

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