Assisting fisher women from Bua Province further their knowledge on mud crab post-harvesting techniques

By Luke Uluiburotu (WCS Volunteer)
I am from Namalata village, Kubulau in Bua Province, Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island and very well accustomed to seeing women in my village going out to the mangrove forests nearby to catch crabs on a daily basis. They go out to catch crabs at sunrise and usually return later […]

Land owning unit secures lease agreement for the protection of its forest

By Kelera Serelini- Varawa

All the hard work and determination of mataqali Nadicake, landowning unit within the village of Kilaka in Kubulau District, Bua Province, paid off after the iTaukei Land Trust Board signed a lease agreement with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) for 99 years to safeguard and ensure the long-term protection of Kilaka forest.

This […]

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 […]

Impressive lagoonal corals formations in a community ‘tabu’ area

By: Sangeeta Mangubhai

Lagoons have always fascinated me. The size, shape and length of a lagoon, and the number of channels that connect inner lagoonal waters with the open ocean influence the types of coral communities that form within. Because of the amount of sand in the lagoon that sits between the two islands of Kaibu […]

The Vatu-i-Ra Seascape: Fiji’s wilderness jewel

By Sangeeta Mangubhai
Stretching over 19,400 km2 across the channel that links Fiji’s two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu is the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape. A seascape is what scientists and conservationists call a marine area that has high biological diversity, is bio geographically intact and is ecologically and genetically connected.
The Vatu-i-Ra Seascape is […]

Marine Managed Areas to help protect the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape

By Ruci Lumelume & Sangeeta Mangubhai
The Vatu-i-Ra Seascape is a 28,894 km2 area stretching across the channel that links Fiji’s two main islands of Viti Levu and Vanua Levu. The area provides the main transportation routes between the two islands for domestic and international vessels, features some of the world’s best dive sites for the […]

Fiji’s sea cucumber stock under threat

By Kelera Serelini-Varawa
A latest report launched by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the Ministry of Fisheries (MoF) indicated that stocks in Fiji are under threat.
According to the report “Fiji’s Sea Cucumber Fishery – Advances in Science for improved management”, numbers of sea cucumbers in our oceans are juveniles.
The report also shows that exporters are […]

Promoting better understanding of sea cucumber fisheries and the need for management in Oceania

By Watisoni Lalavanua

Our research team from Fiji and Australia had the opportunity to enlighten university students on fishing activities, stock conditions and socio-economics of artisanal sea cucumber fisheries in Oceania, through a seminar organised by grouper expert Dr. Yvonne Sadovy at the University of Hong Kong.

We wanted to share the results from two papers titled […]

Vatu-i-Ra Fashion line introduces conservation fashion on Fiji’s catwalk

The Vatu-i-Ra Seascape fashion line featured in this year’s highly popular Fiji Fashion Week and the Hibiscus Festival, making WCS the first to introduce conservation fashion on the catwalk and in a beauty pageant. Through these events we showcased how the nature and the seascape can serve as a source of inspiration for fashion designs […]

Macuata Province trials a method to improve fisheries management in their fishing grounds

Traditional leaders need to be passionate about conservation and address issues concerning the protection of their natural resources said Macuata high chief, Ratu Williame Katonivere.
Macuata Province has one of the largest customary fishing grounds in Vanua Levu, Fiji’s second largest island.
The Province, under the traditional fishing grounds of Macuata Qoliqoli Cokovata which encompasses four districts […]