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Fiji’s sea cucumber stock under threat

By Kelera Serelini-Varawa
A latest report launched by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Ministry of Fisheries (MoF) indicated that stocks in Fiji are under threat.
According to the report “Fiji’s Sea Cucumber Fishery – Advances in Science for improved management”, numbers of sea cucumbers in our oceans are juveniles.
The report also shows that exporters are […]

Promoting better understanding of sea cucumber fisheries and the need for management in Oceania

By Watisoni Lalavanua

Our research team from Fiji and Australia had the opportunity to enlighten university students on fishing activities, stock conditions and socio-economics of artisanal sea cucumber fisheries in Oceania, through a seminar organised by grouper expert Dr. Yvonne Sadovy at the University of Hong Kong.

We wanted to share the results from two papers titled […]

WCS Launches National Study on Marine Conservation Agreements

Marine Conservation Agreements (MCAs) are “any formal or informal understanding in which one or more parties commit to delivering explicit economic incentives in exchange for one or more other parties committing to take certain actions, refrain from certain actions, or transfer certain rights and responsibilities to achieve agreed-upon ocean or coastal conservation goals” (www.mcatools.org). MCAs […]

Impact of Cyclone Winston on Mud Crab Fishers

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 of Cyclone Winston on mud crab fishers in Bua Province, on Fiji’s second biggest island of Vanua Levu. At least […]

Fiji’s first Women in Fisheries Forum held on International Women’s Day

Kelera Serelini-Varawa

Although women have contributed substantially to subsistence and commercial fisheries in Fiji, their role is still poorly acknowledged and recognised. This is partly because there has been little consistent data collected on women’s participation in fisheries and they have not been adequately engaged on fisheries management issues.

On 8 March 2017, the Women in Fisheries […]

Slugs, slugs and more slugs in the Hong Kong markets

By Watisoni Lalavanua

There were no words to describe my shock at the sheer volumes and diversity of products that end up in the dried seafood markets in the Sheung-Wan district in Hong Kong. Small shops line the market with dried bêche-de-mer products preserved in glass jars with labels that clearly state where the bêche-de-mer comes […]

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

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 these events we showcased how the nature and the seascape can serve as a source of inspiration for fashion designs […]

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

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 were the high-value species, such as white teatfish (Holothuria fuscogilva), black teatfish (Holothuria whitmaei), sandfish (Holothuria scabra) and golden sandfish […]

Promoting better understanding of sea cucumber fisheries and the need for management in Oceania

By Watisoni Lalavanua
Our research team from Fiji and Australia had the opportunity to enlighten university students on fishing activities, stock conditions and socio-economics of artisanal sea cucumber fisheries in Oceania, through a seminar organised by grouper expert Dr. Yvonne Sadovy at the University of Hong Kong.
We wanted to share the results from two papers titled […]

Where have all our sea cucumbers gone?

By Watisoni Lalavanua
Ni hao from Hong Kong!
I am embracing an opportunity of a lifetime to be part of a research team that is following the sale of sea cucumbers along its market chain from fishers to exporters in Fiji, and on to importers, retailers and consumers in Hong Kong.
This is part of a unique collaboration […]