November 28, 2013
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October 13, 2013
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
August 22, 2013
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
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
August 2, 2013
June 16, 2013
There is an urgent need for the villagers to learn about the management of their land and marine resources says the Ministry of Fisheries.
At a Fisheries Biodiversity and Fish Wardens workshop last week, villagers from the district of Verata in the province of Tailevu were taken through the protection of their respective fishing areas and sustainable fishing.
Fisheries officer Jope Kavua said the four day workshop provided a learning experience for more than thirty participants from the villagers of Ucunivanua, Sawa, Kumi, Uluiloli, Naivuruvuru, Naloto and Naigani attended the workshop.
Full article here: VILLAGERS MUST MANAGE LAND AND MARINE RESOURCES