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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Nadi district celebrates the launching of their 5 year ecosystem-based management plan

August 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

By: Sangeeta Mangubhai
While the rest of the country celebrated Fiji’s gold medal win at the Rio Olympics, Akanisi Caginitoba (Community Engagement Coordinator), Isoa Koroi (Community Engagement Officer) and I headed to Nasavu village to support […]


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Study Finds Fiji’s Fishing Communities Struggling In Wake of Cyclone Winston

October 3rd, 2016|0 Comments

 Survey highlights food security concerns stemming from loss of fishing infrastructure
Recommendations include replacement of low-impact fishing gear and government support to coastal villages

Fishing-dependent communities in Fiji experienced decreased food security and loss […]


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Macuata Province trials a method to improve fisheries management in their fishing grounds

September 27th, 2016|0 Comments

Traditional leaders need to be passionate about conservation and address issues concerning the protection of their natural resources said Macuata high chief, Ratu Williame Katonivere.
Macuata Province has one of the largest customary fishing grounds in […]