About Dr. Sangeeta Mangubhai

Dr. Sangeeta Mangubhai, a self-professed "Conservation Diva”, is the Director of Wildlife Conservation Society’s Fiji Program. She enjoys mentoring the next generation of conservation leaders and scientists, and grabs any opportunity to dive and experience the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape.

Fiji Makes 17 Major Commitments to the Ocean

By Sangeeta Mangubhai

For a small country with less than a million people, it is no small feat for Fiji to take on the responsibility of hosting the United Nations Ocean Conference (UNOC) in New York, 5-9 June, 2017, in partnership with the Government of Sweden.

The last six months has given me remarkable insights into the […]

Nadi district celebrates the launching of their 5 year ecosystem-based management plan

By: Sangeeta Mangubhai
While the rest of the country celebrated Fiji’s gold medal win at the Rio Olympics, Akanisi Caginitoba (Community Engagement Coordinator), Isoa Koroi (Community Engagement Officer) and I headed to Nasavu village to support the launch of a five year ecosystem-based management plan for Nadi District in Bua Province.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has […]

Why does ICRS matter for Fijian scientists and conservation practitioners?

Coral reefs are found in more than 80 developing countries and are critical for the food and economic needs of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities. Those of us that are scientists or conservationists from developing countries are acutely aware that our reefs are some of the most threatened on the planet […]

What is the state of inshore reefs in the Ra Province?

With the generous support of Wananavu Resort and with the blessing of local communities and the Provincial Office, we have completed two days of surveys of inshore areas in Nakorotubu District in Ra Province, covering areas both inside and outside community tabu areas.
I try my hardest to be an optimist, but the picture in the […]

Getting a sea view of the landscape in Ra Province

Most of the time we tend to stand on land and look out to the sea, and rarely the other way round unless you are a diver or fisher. If you do take a sea view of the land, you will notice incredible changes to the northern Viti Levu coastline.

The landscape in Ra Province has […]

Assessing the impact of cyclone Winston on community fisheries in Ra Province

On Saturday, 20 February 2016, Fiji was hit by one of the largest cyclones we had experienced, with winds of up to 185mph and gusts of 225 mph. Over a 24-hour period the cyclone Winston left a trail of destruction through the centre of our country and through the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape, where the Wildlife Conservation […]

How well did Fiji’s coral reefs survive Tropical Cyclone Winston?

After 10 days at sea, travelling over 500km and completing 26 dives, I have solid data on the scale and intensity of damage to the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape, from Tropical Cyclone Winston that passed through Fiji on the 20 February 2016. Coupled with cyclone damage, I assessed coral diversity and coral bleaching patterns throughout the seascape, […]

Assessing the Namena Marine Reserve off Vanua Levu

Over the last two days we have been diving in the Namena Marine Reserve. There was much debate before we got here whether Nai’a Cruises should venture up to the reserve, as there were reports of large scale damage both to the land, coastal villages and adjacent coral reefs. The marine reserve in particularly, juts […]

Coral bleaching in the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape – how bad is it?

Before Cyclone Winston hit Fiji, we were following closely the El Niño cycle, the drought and reports of coral bleaching from dive operators. The local newspaper, the Fiji Times, ran a number of stories about fish kills and there was a lot of speculation about whether this was caused by the elevated sea surface temperatures […]

Diving Nigali Passage in Gau

We woke up to the tall green mountains on the island of Gau in the southern Lomaiviti group and anchored ourselves in the calm sandy lagoon. In addition to being home to the Gau petrel, the area is famous for Nigali Passage. Diving Nigali requires precision – you need to time the tide correctly otherwise […]