A conservation voyage on board the Fijian canoe Uto Ni Yalo

By: Watisoni Lalavanua

I was still trying to acquire a tertiary qualification when my dive buddy, friend and brother, Seru Saumakidonu from Bua Province was already enjoying a life that only some could dream of, earning a living while doing something he loves. Tetu, as he is known by those who are close to him, loves […]

Land owning unit Nadicake invests in the future of their children and gives an extraordinary forest gift to the nation

It was an extraordinary occasion for members of the landowning unit, Nadicake, within the village of Kilaka in Kubulau District in Bua, when they witnessed the official handing over of a 99 year conservation lease agreement between the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the iTaukei Land Trust Board (TLTB) today, that will ensure the long […]

Villagers take action to sustainably harvest sea cucumbers to meet their livelihoods

Kelera Serelini-Varawa

For most islands and coastal villages in Fiji, sea cucumbers or sasalu is considered a treasured resource that many have relied on for income for many years.

It is a commodity that has been traded by Fijians since the early 1800s and continues today with many communities still heavily relying on it for their livelihoods. High demand […]

Improved fisheries training curriculum to assist communities to manage their fisheries sustainably

By Kelera Serelini – Varawa

For many Fijians, coastal fisheries provide an important source of food and income.

Unfortunately, pressure on these precious resources is increasing. Many finfish and invertebrate fisheries are over-exploited, and coastal habitats are becoming degraded by poor land-use practices or destructive fishing methods.

Adding to this, Fiji’s coastal communities are vulnerable to natural and […]

Strengthening partnership to expand Marine Managed Areas in the Vatu-i-Ra Seascape

By Ruci Lumelume

It was an honour and a great privilege for me to have been chosen to represent Fiji together with WCS Fiji Director, Dr Sangeeta to the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York.

Personally, this i­­­nclusion in the delegation signifies the partnership that we have built over the years with the Government of Fiji, […]

Fiji’s Commitment to Marine Managed Areas

(NEW YORK, June 7, 2017) – The Government of Fiji has made a commitment to gazette two large Marine Managed Areas (MMAs) within Fiji’s Vatu-i-Ra Seascape — a highly diverse and productive area vital to both people and wildlife alike.

During his address at the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York City, Fiji’s Minister for […]

Exploring coral reefs in the Northern Lau Group

By Katy Miller (Vatuvara Foundation)

On 8 May, 2017, a team of made up of fish and coral experts set off to the untouched waters and lush limestone islands of the Northern Lau Group. Vatuvara Private Islands, along with Vatuvara Foundation have partnered with the Wildlife Conservation Society to conduct marine baseline surveys to assess the […]

Impact of Cyclone Winston on Mud Crab Fishers

By Margaret Fox & Sangeeta Mangubhai

A study by the Wildlife Conservation Society in partnership with the Ministry of Fisheries, Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area (FLMMA) Network and Women in Fisheries Network-Fiji (WiFN-Fiji), documented the impact of Cyclone Winston on mud crab fishers in Bua Province, on Fiji’s second biggest island of Vanua Levu. At least […]

Fiji’s first Women in Fisheries Forum held on International Women’s Day

Kelera Serelini-Varawa

Although women have contributed substantially to subsistence and commercial fisheries in Fiji, their role is still poorly acknowledged and recognised. This is partly because there has been little consistent data collected on women’s participation in fisheries and they have not been adequately engaged on fisheries management issues.

On 8 March 2017, the Women in Fisheries […]

Where do the medium and low value species of beche-de-mer go to after being exported from the Pacific?

By Watisoni Lalavanua
Since I began collecting bêche-de-mer (the traded form of sea cucumbers) data in the seafood markets of Hong Kong three days ago, I realized that a majority of the species from the Pacific were the high-value species, such as white teatfish (Holothuria fuscogilva), black teatfish (Holothuria whitmaei), sandfish (Holothuria scabra) and golden sandfish […]