WCS team prepares for rapid assessments of coral reefs around Koro Island

By: Sahar Noor Kirmani

After a 6 hour delayed start at the Suva port, and a sleepless night on bumpy seas surrounded by an orchestra of snorers, we awoke to the lush, green, steep island slopes of Koro, the northern most island in the Lomaiviti group. A team of WCS scientists will be conducting a rapid […]

Environmental NGOs re-engage with communities on Koro Island, post-cyclone Winston

By: Sangeeta Mangubhai
The 2016 Category 5 Cyclone Winston left a wake of devastation in its path. Koro Island in the Lomaiviti Group was one of the worst hit with extensive damage to homes, schools and other infrastructure, as well as to community agriculture and fisheries. A 2016 study by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Fiji Locally […]

Encouraging mud crab fishers in Bua to sell quality crabs

By Kelera Serelini-Varawa

For most women mud crab fishers within the districts of Kubulau, Bua, Navakasiga and Lekutu in Bua Province, mud crab collection is part of their everyday lives and a great source of food and livelihoods.

Despite the growing demand for mud crabs in the local market, mud crab fishers in these communities need to […]

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+ […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]