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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Where do the medium and low value species of beche-de-mer go to after being exported from the Pacific?

November 21st, 2016|1 Comment

By Watisoni Lalavanua
Since I began collecting bêche-de-mer (the traded form of sea cucumbers) data in the seafood markets of Hong Kong three days ago, I realized that a majority of the species from the Pacific […]

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Seascape Science

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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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Seascape Stories

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Vatu-i-Ra Fashion line introduces conservation fashion on Fiji’s catwalk

November 22nd, 2016|0 Comments

The Vatu-i-Ra Seascape fashion line featured in this year’s highly popular Fiji Fashion Week and the Hibiscus Festival, making WCS the first to introduce conservation fashion on the catwalk and in a beauty pageant. Through […]

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