Vuya district – Qoliqoli Daviko launches their 5 year ecosystem based management plan

By Sangeeta Mangubhai and Akanisi Caginitoba
On 24 August 2016, the villages of Vuya, Navave and neighbouring settlements with traditional ties and rights to the Qoliqoli Daviko in the Vuya district launched their five year ecosystem based management plan.
Vuya is unique in that is has two distinct fishing grounds within its district boundary overseen by the […]

Solevu district launches their 5 year ecosystem-based management plan

On Tuesday 23 August 2016, the villages of Cavaga, Nawaido and Makolei launched an ecosystem-based management plan for Solevu that covers all lands (28.6 km2) and waters (133.6 km2) of their district. Similar to Nadi District, their management plan specifically focuses on targets important to the three communities – good quality drinking water, indigenous trees, […]

A Post-Cyclone Integrated Vulnerability Assessment of Koro Island

The people of Koro Island are in high spirits and the cyclone has only made the villagers stronger and they are ready to rebuild their lives, says Wildlife Conservation Society Community Outreach Officer, Isoa Koroiwaqa. Isoa was recently in Koro, Lomaiviti Province, as part of a multi-disciplinary team that recently carried out an Integrated Vulnerability […]

The effect of a catastrophic event on two barrier reef systems within the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in collaboration with Namena Divers completed a week long survey of the Namena Marine Reserve and adjacent reef systems in Kubulau District in Bua Province. The surveys are a part of assessments WCS is conducting throughout the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape to quantify the impact of Cyclone Winston on coral reefs and community […]

Management plan to guide Vatu-i-Ra Conservation area

By Ruci Lumelume

The Wildlife Conservation Society has been working with communities from district of Nakorotubu in the province of Ra, the Ra Provincial office, key tourism operators, traditional/customary owners of Vatu-i-Ra Island since 2015 to develop a management plan for the Vatu-i-Ra Conservation Park, and to establish a voluntary contribution to conservation scheme.

The resource […]

Mud Crab project to empower women

There are a few words synonymous with women’s fishing activities and three of these are dogo or tiri (mangrove) and qari (mud crab) in the local Fijian language. This is because the  collecting mud of crabs from mangrove forests is often associated with women.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries, […]

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 […]