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Supporting women fishers in Fiji through innovative partnerships

Mud crabs (Scylla serrata) are commonly found in every municipal market in Fiji, with large adults fetching upwards of FJ$100/crab. These animals are traditionally harvested and sold by rural women from coastal areas. Commonly known as qari, mud crabs are considered a Fijian delicacy reserved for special occasions.
However, over harvesting though has led to declining […]

First i-Taukei woman appointed to fisheries network

With the proverbial thick skin and a love of her village, Tarusila Veibi is a portrait of village determination.
“My role is to take up issues to the bose vanua on behalf of the yaubula (natural resources) committee,” said Tarusila, of Tiliva Village, in Bua. “I’ve been spoken harshly at, but I never let that be […]

Growing roots: Miriama Qoro sets up in Ra

Growing up in Nawaka village in Nadi, Miriama Qoro always thought that she would eventually become a nurse or even a doctor. However, with her interest in the natural environment she would eventually enrol at the University of the South Pacific for the Bachelor of Science degree program.
Fast forward three years later. Following her graduation, […]

Sluggish stocks worry North

Over the course of two days in mid-August over 50 traditional leaders, fishermen, community fish wardens, members of the fishing and aquaculture industry and government agency representatives gathered in Labasa for Fiji’s first divisional fisheries forum. The objective of the forum for the Northern Division provided an opportunity to learn about the latest research and […]

Koro Island pledges support

Last month a team of facilitators led by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), alongside representatives from the Fijian Ministry of Fisheries and Forests, Department of Environment and from the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area (FLMMA) network attended a workshop in Koro Island in the Lomaiviti Province which is part of the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape.
The purpose of the […]

A dolphin medaly in the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape

The Pacific Islands Region (PIR) is home to more than half of the world’s known cetacean (whales, dolphins and porpoises) species that normally use this region on a year around, seasonal or regular basis. Cetaceans have strong cultural significance; they make up a huge component of the overall marine biodiversity, and have high economic importance […]

Green energy powers the Suva marathon

As the starter gun fired in the rain on a windy August morning, 800 runners set out along the capital city’s sea wall as part of the South Pacific’s greatest road race, the Suva Marathon.

A draw card of the marathon which saw runners complete the full marathon (40.2km), half marathon (21.1km), and 10 km fun […]

The road to establishing Offshore Marine Managed Areas in the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape

With the support of the Waitt Foundation, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has been engaging stakeholders and the wider public to explore opportunities to establish offshore marine managed areas in the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape (the sea passage between Viti Levu and Vanua Levu).
The Vatu-i-Ra Seascape is home to wildlife including turtles, cetaceans, iguanas, birds, and fish […]

Endangered humpback whales in the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape

Every year – at around this time – Fiji is graced by the arrival of humpback whales. Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) are migratory species which spend 4-5 months every year in tropical locations such as the Fiji Islands for the purposes of calving and breeding. Feeding does not occur in these warm waters, but rather […]

A turtle rodeo on Makogai island

In the Lomaiviti Province is an island called Makogai, otherwise known in the 1990s as the “image of hope”. The island was home to a leper colony, and the ruins of this colony still remain on the island. The lepers saw Makogai as their safe heaven; a place where they felt accepted and optimistic about […]