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WCS team prepares for rapid assessments of coral reefs around Koro Island

By: Sahar Noor Kirmani

After a 6 hour delayed start at the Suva port, and a sleepless night on bumpy seas surrounded by an orchestra of snorers, we awoke to the lush, green, steep island slopes of Koro, the northern most island in the Lomaiviti group. A team of WCS scientists will be conducting a rapid […]

Environmental NGOs re-engage with communities on Koro Island, post-cyclone Winston

By: Sangeeta Mangubhai
The 2016 Category 5 Cyclone Winston left a wake of devastation in its path. Koro Island in the Lomaiviti Group was one of the worst hit with extensive damage to homes, schools and other infrastructure, as well as to community agriculture and fisheries. A 2016 study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Fiji Locally […]

Land owning unit Nadicake invests in the future of their children and gives an extraordinary forest gift to the nation

It was an extraordinary occasion for members of the landowning unit, Nadicake, within the village of Kilaka in Kubulau District in Bua, when they witnessed the official handing over of a 99 year conservation lease agreement between the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) today, that will ensure the long […]

Assisting fisher women from Bua Province further their knowledge on mud crab post-harvesting techniques

By Luke Uluiburotu (WCS Volunteer)
I am from Namalata village, Kubulau in Bua Province, Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island and very well accustomed to seeing women in my village going out to the mangrove forests nearby to catch crabs on a daily basis. They go out to catch crabs at sunrise and usually return later […]

Villagers take action to sustainably harvest sea cucumbers to meet their livelihoods

Kelera Serelini-Varawa

For most islands and coastal villages in Fiji, sea cucumbers or sasalu is considered a treasured resource that many have relied on for income for many years.

It is a commodity that has been traded by Fijians since the early 1800s and continues today with many communities still heavily relying on it for their livelihoods. High demand […]

Improved fisheries training curriculum to assist communities to manage their fisheries sustainably

By Kelera Serelini – Varawa

For many Fijians, coastal fisheries provide an important source of food and income.

Unfortunately, pressure on these precious resources is increasing. Many finfish and invertebrate fisheries are over-exploited, and coastal habitats are becoming degraded by poor land-use practices or destructive fishing methods.

Adding to this, Fiji’s coastal communities are vulnerable to natural and […]

Encouraging mud crab fishers in Bua to sell quality crabs

By Kelera Serelini-Varawa

For most women mud crab fishers within the districts of Kubulau, Bua, Navakasiga and Lekutu in Bua Province, mud crab collection is part of their everyday lives and a great source of food and livelihoods.

Despite the growing demand for mud crabs in the local market, mud crab fishers in these communities need to […]

Land owning unit secures lease agreement for the protection of its forest

By Kelera Serelini- Varawa

All the hard work and determination of mataqali Nadicake, landowning unit within the village of Kilaka in Kubulau District, Bua Province, paid off after the iTaukei Land Trust Board signed a lease agreement with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for 99 years to safeguard and ensure the long-term protection of Kilaka forest.

This […]

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

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, this i­­­nclusion in the delegation signifies the partnership that we have built over the years with the Government of Fiji, […]

Fiji’s Commitment to Marine Managed Areas

(NEW YORK, June 7, 2017) – The Government of Fiji has made a commitment to gazette two large Marine Managed Areas (MMAs) within Fiji’s Vatu-i-Ra Seascape — a highly diverse and productive area vital to both people and wildlife alike.

During his address at the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York City, Fiji’s Minister for […]