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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.
Take a look underwater at the magnificent wildlife that call the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape home.
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.
plus tourists visit per year
plus endemic plant species
Dr. Sangeeta Mangubhai
By: Sangeeta Mangubhai
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