January 16, 2015

New kayak added to Waitabu Project

Waitabu Marine Park has added a new facility to its existing snorkel experience – a double kayak that will allow guests to explore the larger area of sea front, and the mangrove river at Wai settlement.
Kayak launch
Kayak launch
New kayak added to Waitabu Project

December 30, 2014

Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic visits Waitabu, Fiji

It was a very exciting day for Waitabu village on Taveuni when the Lindblad Expeditions/ National Geographic ship Orion came to visit.
Spending 2 days on Taveuni, they visited two of the Bouma Heritage Park projects, Tavoro Waterfalls and Waitabu Marine Park.

Full story here: Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic visits Waitabu, Fiji:

November 26, 2014

Underwater video from a reef check with Waitabu Marine Park, Fiji

February 13, 2014

The Story of the Marine Tabu of Waitabu in Bouma Taveuni

This production captures the success story of one the longest community-based marine protected area in Fiji that Conservation International — Fiji  has focused many studies on.
In 2007, Conservation International — Fiji established a Science to Action Program to support effective decision makings on resource management through the use of applied natural and social science.

Elia’s Story: The Story of the Marine Tabu of Waitabu in Bouma Taveuni

The Story of the Marine Tabu of Waitabu in Bouma Taveuni

The Story of the Marine Tabu of Waitabu in Bouma Taveuni


Conservation International — Fiji would like to acknowledge the support provided by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in supporting Cl’s marine projects.
We also wish to acknowledge the contributions of:
This material is a product of the Science to Action Program.
Elia’s story is supported through the study results of Conservation International’s marine projects inWaitabu from 2007 – 2012.

Permission is granted to duplicate the material for non-commercial, non-profit educational purposes only, and provided acknowledgement is given. All other rights are reserved.
Contact Conservation International-Fiji for permission to re-use illustrations

Conservation International Foundation 3 Maafu Street, Suva Ph: 3314593
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November 28, 2013

Voting is on for the Ocean Action Project 2013 and we need your vote for The Great Fiji Shark Count!

Help us get the financial support we need to run the next Great Fiji Shark Count!
Voting is on for the Ocean Action Project 2013 and we need your vote for The Great Fiji Shark Count! Projects will be chosen by the Project AWARE community through a voting system via Facebook.
Now we need our supporters and community cast their vote for The Great Fiji Shark Count this November.
Ocean Action Project  2013: vote for The Great Fiji Shark Count!
The search is on. Project AWARE Foundation is looking for innovative and results-driven projects to address two key focus areas: tackling marine debris problems and protecting critical shark and ray species.
With increasing threats facing our ocean planet, working globally and acting locally has never been so important. To empower ocean communities to take local conservation actions to a whole new level of change, Project AWARE’s Ocean Action Project 2013 is now open for voting.
The Ocean Action Project supports local ocean conservation initiatives that bring us a step closer to a clean, healthy and abundant ocean planet.
Project AWARE Foundation is interested in supporting work that is action-oriented and strategically addresses root causes of marine debris or shark and ray protection issues. These projects should be measurable, with an approach for change.
Now we need our supporters and community cast their votes for The Great Fiji Shark Count this November.
Project AWARE Foundation

October 13, 2013

Juliane Diamond, Coral Reef Alliance in the Fiji Times

From Washington, DC in the US and says she's from "a big, blended, modern family".

Juliane Diamond with the Tui Kubulau, Ratu Apenisa Vuki, when she went to visit Kubulau on her recent two-week trip to Fiji. 

Juliane Diamond, a program manager with Coral Reef Alliance, an NGO based in San Francisco with projects in Fiji describes her family of nine by saying: "My biological mother was a bookstore manager, my biological father is a tax lawyer, my step mother is a vice president of development at a development firm, and my stepfather is a Presbyterian minister."

Juli says she was born in the US capital and lived just outside of Washington, DC until the age of 11.

Full article here Diamond of the reef

August 25, 2013

Campaign for more fish - Fiji Times Online

A CAMPAIGN was launched yesterday to boost fish stocks, specifically that of the kawakawa and donu.
The campaign, which is known as the "4FJ Campaign", involves members of the public refrain from fishing them during their breeding season, which is between June and September every year.
SeaWeb program associate Alumeci Nakeke said they were delicacies as well as commercially valuable fish for Fiji's coastal communities.
"The campaign is ultimately about empowering people in Fiji to create change for a better future," Ms Nakeke said.
"What makes the group particularly vulnerable to overfishing is the way the fish reproduce รข€¦ through a suite of outreach activities at national and grassroots level, the campaign aims to decrease fishing pressure on key grouper species during their peak spawning season."
According to Ms Nakeke, the fish species, on an annual basis, gather to spawn (mate and reproduce) in what are known as "spawning aggregation sites".
Because there is a large number of them present in one concentrated area, it makes them vulnerable to depletion.
"The aggregation habit of groupers has made it much too easy to deplete the fish, as they all gather in the same spot each year at the same time," she said.

Campaign for more fish

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