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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
By Margaret Fox & Sangeeta Mangubhai
A study by the Wildlife Conservation Society in partnership with the Ministry of Fisheries, Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area (FLMMA) Network and Women in Fisheries Network-Fiji (WiFN-Fiji), documented the impact […]
Vatuvara Private Islands and the Vatuvara Foundation will be partnering with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to conduct baseline surveys in the northern Lau Group to assess the health of diverse coral and fish communities, […]
By Sangeeta Mangubhai
Stretching over 19,400 km2 across the channel that links Fiji’s two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu is the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape. A seascape is what scientists and conservationists call a […]