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March 9, 2013
Great article by Kirsty in this week's Fiji Times!
A MARINE park in Waitabu, Taveuni, has recorded a significant increase in fish and marine species.
The development comes after the communities of Waitabu, Lavena, Wai, Vurevure and Bouma expressed interest in finding out how the new, seven-month-old tabu tara area directly outside their villages was affecting fish numbers and coral growth.
A group of dedicated marine lovers came together to take part in their annual marine survey.
Host and Island Spirit director Kirsty Barnby said more marine species were sighted compared to last year's survey.
For beche-de-mer (sea cucumber), she said a healthy increase from 107 to 176 were recorded in the tabu tara area this year.
"Baby beche-de-mer are breeding in the tabu tara area and as a result, juveniles are being seen in the tabu tara for the first time — 156 were recorded in the tabu tara area," Ms Barnby said.
For the first time, she said levels of coral have increased and seaweed levels were decreasing in the tabu tara area.
"Due to the increase in coral, 300 ika loa lailai (small surgeon fish) were noted in the tabu tara.
"They feed on seaweed which in turn aids coral growth," Ms Barnby said.
Full article here: Marine life increases - Fiji Times Online
March 3, 2013
Waitabu Marine Park, in the Vanua Bouma of Taveuni Island, is one of the
original community-based marine managed areas in Fiji. Started in
1998, Waitabu’s no-take, or “Tabu Vakdua” area, was one of the
founder members of the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Areas (FLMMA)network in 2001.
Waitabu’s Tabu Tara
2013 Training Sessions
September 29, 2012
- Large scale habitat and invertebrate species: The manta tow monitoring method is used for assessing broad-scale changes in reef cover due to cyclone damage, coral bleaching and outbreaks of the Crown-of-Thorns starfish.
- Fine scale invertebrate surveys: Timed search and measurements.
- Fine scale reef populations: Reef Check’ point and belt transects: A randomised technique to measure what is on a reef in a small area, we can then compare to other reefs around the globe.
- Fish populations: Underwater visual census for indicator species.
September 1, 2012
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August 18, 2012
Come in LLMAs & MPAs
What is an MPA?“A MPA is an area of ocean or coastal water recognised by both government and society as having specific conservation value. Measures are put in place to preserve the quality of marine life including restricted access for fishing, diving and other potentially harmful activities.”
Fiji's commitment to establish a Marine Protected Area (MPA) Network covering 30 per cent of the country's in-shore fisheries by 2020 could be realised earlier than expected.
This commitment made in January 2005 by the Government has resulted in more than 200 marine protected areas within Fiji's 410 customary fishing grounds, known as i qoliqoli. That's more than 50 per cent of the total target accomplished within just three years.
Conservationists are excited about the increase in the number of MPA's or fishing grounds that have been declared tabu by traditional owners. And they are targeting for more. Already surveys have shown that fish numbers and other marine resources are increasing in these tabu areas and many have dispersed to other areas, leading to increased catches and improved livelihoods especially amongst coastal communities, which makes up 60 per cent of Fiji's population.
Government's partnership with non-government organisation and the community to protect its marine environment for a sustainable future has challenged other Pacific Island nations to do likewise.
There are many examples of success stories in the establishment of MPAs or FLLMAs.
Waitabu Marine Reserve is a fabulous reef that has been set aside for the benefit of snorkel tourism and environmental education. After a marine life survey was carried out, the traditional rural village of Waitabu decided in 1998 to set aside this area as a “no-take” reserve to enable replenishment of marine life and fish stocks.
In place of income from fishing, the villagers now take snorkel tours to the marine park, promoting small-scale marine tourism as a consistent source of income.
The reserve is part of the Fiji Locally Managed Marine Area Network (FLLMA) and, as a division of the Bouma National Heritage Park is managed by the Bouma communities and supported by Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL), Resort Support and many other NGOS.
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