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Study Finds Fiji’s Fishing Communities Struggling In Wake of Cyclone Winston

 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 of livelihoods in the wake of Cyclone Winston, according to a post-disaster survey conducted by the WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society).
In […]

Vuya district – Qoliqoli Daviko launches their 5 year ecosystem based management plan

By Sangeeta Mangubhai and Akanisi Caginitoba
On 24 August 2016, the villages of Vuya, Navave and neighbouring settlements with traditional ties and rights to the Qoliqoli Daviko in the Vuya district launched their five year ecosystem based management plan.
Vuya is unique in that is has two distinct fishing grounds within its district boundary overseen by the […]

Solevu district launches their 5 year ecosystem-based management plan

On Tuesday 23 August 2016, the villages of Cavaga, Nawaido and Makolei launched an ecosystem-based management plan for Solevu that covers all lands (28.6 km2) and waters (133.6 km2) of their district. Similar to Nadi District, their management plan specifically focuses on targets important to the three communities – good quality drinking water, indigenous trees, […]

Bua Province takes the lead in showing the benefits of communities working together to manage their resources

Five districts in Bua launch their natural resource management plans this week, as the province takes the lead in showing how villages can work together to deliver more benefits for their communities.

Called Ecosystem Based Management, or EBM plans, each district engaged in community discussions over the last three years, assessing the impacts of such threats […]

A rapid assessment of shark and fish populations in Fiji post-cyclone Winston

By Lizzy Myers
Dr Jordan Goetze and I are from the Fish Ecology Lab (https://www.facebook.com/fishecologygroup/) at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. We are visiting for just three weeks, and although this is Jordan’s seventh trip to Fiji it is my first time here. We are working in collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to […]

Iconic Species in the Namena Marine Reserve

By Watisoni Lalavanua
One of the truly special things about diving the Namena Marine Reserve is the number of iconic species you can see such as sharks, turtles and humphead wrasse, known locally as Kalia. Turtles and humphead wrasse are so endangered globally, that they are listed on the Convention for the International Trade in Endangered […]

Post cyclone fisheries assessment in Kubulau, Bua Province

By: Watisoni Lalavanua
Over the past two weeks, local scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have been assessing the impact of cyclone Winston on fisheries in the provinces of Ra and Bua. Last week the team was in Bua with divers from the Namena Dive Resort to assess the state of the reefs in Kubulau’s […]

Assessing the impacts of Cyclone Winston on communities’ ability to meet their food and income needs from the sea

By Kathy Chaston Radway

Prior to Cyclone Winston, many communities in the hardest hit areas in Fiji were eating fish every day of the week. Now some are lucky to eat fish once or twice a month.

These are some of the concerning initial reports from survey teams that have visited 150 villages in the past two […]

Winston impacted reefs may take decades to recover

By: Yashika Nand
Category 5 tropical cyclone Winston has undoubtedly changed the land and seascape when it passed between the two islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu on 20 February 2016. Two months later the country is starting the rebuilding process, and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) is helping to assess the impact of the […]

Proposed Vatu-i-Ra Conservation Park will be critical for reef recovery, post-Winston

By Watisoni Lalavanua
Since my first blog, I have done six dives in Vatu-i-Ra to document the intensity and scale of damage from Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston. Initially we dived in the proposed Vatu-i-Ra Conservation Park, which has had a tabu (a traditional seasonal closure) around the reefs north of the Vatu-i-Ra Island for more […]