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

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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.
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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

August 22, 2013

Waitabu Marine Park survey results - Fiji Times Online

ACCORDING to survey results carried out by the Marine Ecology Fiji last year, marine life has really improved in the Waitabu Marine Park.

The organisation's official website recorded the following information:

Sea Cucumber (Bech-de-mer):

Despite the challenges of poaching over the last few months, which has now been addressed by the local police, sea cucumbers have doubled in quantity from last year to 107 in the taboo area this year.

* Bula (crown-of-thorns):

Again in the protected area, the crown-of-thorns has almost increased ten-fold from five last year to 43 this year.
With consent from the Waitabu Marine Park Committee, the group responded directly by clearing 100 of these starfish in just one hour.

* Cawaki (Urchin):

Numbers of cawaki are increasing in the allowed area in front of Waitabu Village while none were spotted in the protected area just metres away.
This demonstrates how the lack of certain species can help with understanding the state of the reef. In this case, the high numbers of cawaki in the allowed areas point towards there being fewer predators such as triggerfish.

* Vivili b(Trochus Shell):

Vivili (shellfish) sightings were high in the protected area and low in the allowed area. They have also grown to breeding sizes.

* Seaweed Levels: 

Large schools of fish in the protected area have eaten the seaweed and created clean rocks for new corals to grow, providing more places for small fish and other animals to live.
There is a distinct difference in colour from the protected areas which is brightly coloured with healthy coral to the allowed area, which is green from the extensive seaweed coverage.

* Living Coral:

Living coral levels have been notably higher in the protected area than the allowed area consistently since 2006.

* Vasua (Giant Clam) :

Sixty-three giant clams were found in the protected area, which shows a continuing upswing on clam numbers and size.

Waitabu Marine Park survey results - Fiji Times Online

August 4, 2013

Group hails district's effort

CONSERVATION efforts initiated by the World Conservation Society throughout the Wailevu coast in Cakaudrove have been labelled a success.

According to the vanua liaison officer of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Sirilo Dulunaqio, the Reef to Ridge Sustainable Project had been widely accepted by chiefs within the district of Wailevu.

Mr Dulunaqio said the Reef to Ridge concept was inclusive of all the factors that affected marine life, beginning from the mountains right down to the sea.

Full article here: Group hails district's effort - Fiji Times Online

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