About Us

Ocean Lovers

One Touch Of Nature Makes The Whole World Kin

Since 1998 offering coastal and marine baseline assessments

marine ecology consulting is Fiji and the South Pacific’s  leading company for Coastal and Marine Ecology Assessments as part of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), as well as offering marine conservation and management advice, educational courses and opportunities, and tourism-based marine programmes.

Our team of ecologists and marine scientists at marine ecology consulting offers a wide range of skills and experience in relation to issues relating to marine ecology and biology.

Our Principal

marine ecology consulting was established in 2006 as the technical wing of the established company Resort Support, in response to an increasing demand for Marine and Coral Reef management, information, education and assessments.

Helen Sykes surveying underwater

Helen Sykes


Helen Sykes, the principal, has been in Fiji since 1996, and combines tourism experience with scientific expertise. Experience and expertise in Marine Management, Sustainable Tourism and community based Marine Conservation

We have unique experience in producing custom-built tools to give us the edge

Over 30 years of experience and expertise in Marine Management, Sustainable Tourism and community based Marine Conservation

  • The Fiji Integrated Coastal Management Project working group member, setting guidelines for Environmentally Sustainable Development in community-based tourism , 2003
    Designer, author and primary instructor for “BlueStar” programme to provide standards for Marine Sustainable Tourism in Fiji.
  • Principal Assessor of the Marine Environment for EIA studies for two major companies in Fiji (Environmental Consultants and Sinclair Knight Mertz), and in independent assessments, for more than 50 projects since 2003
    Designer, author and primary instructor “Marine Tourism Education Course” and “Marine Conservation Education Course” for Fijian snorkel and dive guides and general activities staff, now part of Training and Productivity Authority of Fiji national syllabus
  • Board member Fiji Ecotourism Association 2001-2003
  • Designing and leading student programmes 2003 to date, for a variety of institutions including:
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Since 1998 offering coastal and marine baseline assessments

After the passing of Fiji’s Environment Management Act 2005, the demand for EIA-related Marine Resource Assessments grew exponentially, warranting the expansion of that side of the company’s business.

Ever since the Fiji Ministry of Environment started keeping a list of consultants approved to carry out studies for Environmental Impact Assessments in 2008, Helen Sykes of Marine Ecology Consulting has been registered as a “Subject Specialist/ Technical Expert“.

A Technical Expert  conducts specific studies and/or assessments based on their specialist field, and contributes those specialist studies to overall EIA reports.

Our Background

Resort Support

Resort Support was formed in the Fiji Islands in 1997, to offer marine biology and tourism consultancy services within the Fiji Islands. The principals, Helen Sykes and Stuart Gow, have backgrounds in Biological Sciences and Civil Engineering, over 20 years experience in marine-related tourism in the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands, and are both fully qualified diving instructors with many years of diving experience.

Graduate Marine Scientists

Since that time we have taken on a full-time locally qualified graduate marine scientist, while maintaining our paid intern programme. This programme continues to offer work experience to new graduates in marine and environmental sciences, while enabling us to identify individuals with the special combination of skills required to deliver the most efficient and relevant Marine Resources Assessments available.

Mission Statement

To provide the best and most efficient consulting and assessment services in marine ecology in the South Pacific region.

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