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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Strengthening partnership to expand Marine Managed Areas in the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape

June 11th, 2017|0 Comments

By Ruci Lumelume

It was an honour and a great privilege for me to have been chosen to represent Fiji together with WCS Fiji Director, Dr Sangeeta to the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York.

Personally, […]


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 […]


Seascape Stories

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Fiji Make 17 Major Commitments to the Ocean

June 6th, 2017|0 Comments

By Sangeeta Mangubhai

For a small country with less than a million people, it is no small feat for Fiji to take on the responsibility of hosting United Nations Ocean Conference (UNOC) in New York, 5-9 […]