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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 […]

Impressive lagoonal corals formations in a community ‘tabu’ area

By: Sangeeta Mangubhai

Lagoons have always fascinated me. The size, shape and length of a lagoon, and the number of channels that connect inner lagoonal waters with the open ocean influence the types of coral communities that form within. Because of the amount of sand in the lagoon that sits between the two islands of Kaibu […]

Signs of adaptation to climate change

By Katy Miller
Colourful corals covered steep and gentle sloping reefs. Vibrant giant clams embedded along the reef flats. Curious reef sharks cruise along the edge of the reef while juvenile parrotfish weave through branching coral colonies. Turtles made swift escapes and a school of barracuda hovered over the deep. All with a visibility of 40+ […]

Exploring coral reefs in the Northern Lau Group

By Katy Miller (Vatuvara Foundation)

On 8 May, 2017, a team of made up of fish and coral experts set off to the untouched waters and lush limestone islands of the Northern Lau Group. Vatuvara Private Islands, along with Vatuvara Foundation have partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society to conduct marine baseline surveys to assess the […]

The Vatu-i-Ra Seascape: Fiji’s wilderness jewel

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 marine area that has high biological diversity, is bio geographically intact and is ecologically and genetically connected.
The Vatu-i-Ra Seascape is […]

Surveys to assess the health of coral and fish communities in the Northern Lau Group

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, 12 months after Cyclone Winston. This will be the first scientific survey to be carried out by the Vatuvara Foundation […]

New management measures vital for the long term sustainability of sea cucumbers in Fiji

By Watisoni Lalavanua

In March 2017, the Ministry of Fisheries (MoF) together with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) hosted the first ever National Bêche-de-mer Forum in Fiji.

A total of 65 participants from the industry including exporters, non-governmental organizations, academic partners, legal practitioners, community representatives and various government ministries attended the forum.

The purpose of the forum was […]

Marine Managed Areas to help protect the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape

By Ruci Lumelume & Sangeeta Mangubhai
The Vatu-i-Ra Seascape is a 28,894 km2 area stretching across the channel that links Fiji’s two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. The area provides the main transportation routes between the two islands for domestic and international vessels, features some of the world’s best dive sites for the […]

Vatu-i-Ra Conservation Park gets support of the Nakorotubu Bose Vanua

By Ruci Lumelume
The Wildlife Conservation Society has been working with the local communities, tourism operators and the Ra Provincial Office to support the establishment of the Vatu-i-Ra Conservation Area Park and a voluntary contribution to conservation scheme (or marine conservation agreement).1
A Marine Conservation Agreement (or MCA) is any formal or informal contractual arrangement that aims […]

New report on the impact of Tropical Cyclone Winston on fisheries dependent community

By Sangeeta Mangubhai
Fiji was hit by Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston on 20 February, 2016, the worst to be experienced by the tiny nation with estimated total value of the damages and losses for the country at FJ$1.99 billion, according to a Post Disaster Needs Assessment by the Fiji Government. However, the timing of the […]