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.
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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 […]

Why does fish size matter?

Bua Lomanikoro, Nasau, Dalomo and Tiliva villages in Bua will work closely with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to assess the size at which coral reef fish mature and are ready to reproduce, and the health of fish stocks in their qoliqoli area. The will empower local communities to monitor and understand the status of […]


In the last quarter of 2015, researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Fiji and Papua New Guinea programs, University of the South Pacific’s Institute of Applied Science, Department of Fisheries and Conservation International’s Hawaii program held a ‘CPUE Think Tank’ in Suva. CPUE stands for ‘catch per unit effort’ and it is used by fisheries […]

Spawning surveyors set to research fish maturity in Fiji

Over the course of three days, thirty-five Fijian fisheries scientists and managers successfully completed an intensive training program to assess the size of maturity in key coral reef fish and invertebrates.

Led by fisheries biologist Dr Jeremy Prince from Biospherics in Australia, the training was designed so that those participating in the workshop are equipped with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Understanding the Dawasamu reef

As part of his Masters Degree at University of the South Pacific, Dave Yeeting Junior is undertaking studying changes in fish catch in the Dawasamu District of Tailevu Province within the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape.

The Dawasamu District is known as a traditional fishing area or qoliqoli that is approximately 100km2 and includes a variety of oceanographic […]