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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Exploring coral reefs in the Northern Lau Group

May 10th, 2017|0 Comments

By Katy Miller (Vatuvara Foundation)

On 8 May, 2017, a team of made up of fish and coral experts set off to the untouched waters and lush limestone islands of the Northern Lau Group. Vatuvara Private […]

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Seascape Science

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Signs of adaptation to climate change

May 11th, 2017|0 Comments

By Katy Miller
Colourful corals covered steep and gentle sloping reefs. Vibrant giant clams embedded along the reef flats. Curious reef sharks cruise along the edge of the reef while juvenile parrotfish weave through branching coral […]

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Seascape Stories

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Impressive lagoonal corals formations in a community ‘tabu’ area

May 12th, 2017|0 Comments

By: Sangeeta Mangubhai

Lagoons have always fascinated me. The size, shape and length of a lagoon, and the number of channels that connect inner lagoonal waters with the open ocean influence the types of coral communities […]

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