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Rays in the Shadows: Batoid Diversity, Occurrence, and Conservation Status in Fiji

This study compiled data from various sources, including a literature review, participatory science programs, and environmental DNA to assess the diversity and occurrence of batoids in Fiji’s waters.

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exciting new fish and marine life guides

Some exciting new fish and marine life guides have been recently published

Some exciting new fish and marine life guides have been recently published, which will be useful for dive and snorkel operators, students and science professionals alike.

These can be ordered directly from the publishers on-line, printed to order, details and prices below. If you prefer to buy in Fiji, contact Helen@marineecologyfiji, as we do hold a few extras here.

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Fiji Department of Environment -Schedule of Fees – April 2023

Here are the current, April 2023, Schedule of Fees for the Fiji Department of Environment.

This document outlines the various charges and costs associated with the services provided by the department. It provides a clear and transparent breakdown of the fees for each service, ensuring that all stakeholders completely understand the costs involved.

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Of all the learning experiences we had on offer in Fiji, Helen’s was by far the most professional, educational, and inspiring

I am a university professor from the US, and recently returned from Lawaki with a group of 15 students, my family, and another professor and his son, as the culminating experience of a 2.5 week trip study abroad trip across Fiji.

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Community-driven shark monitoring for informed decision making: a case study from Fiji

Some of the results from the Great Fiji Shark Count have been published in the journal Pacific Conservation Biology. This data was collected by tourism operators across Fiji and their diving and snorkelling guests, collected by staff at Marine Ecology Consulting, supported by Beqa Adventure Divers, and analysed for publication by eOceans.

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First photographic evidence of oceanic manta rays (Mobula birostris) at two locations in Fiji

Until the revision of the genus Manta in 2009, when a second manta species (Manta alfredi) was resurrected based on morphological and meristic data, all available records in Fijian literature were recorded as Manta birostris, or commonly as the oceanic manta rays. Subsequently, documented sightings were recorded as M. alfredi.

Another reclassification of the genus Manta was undertaken in 2018 when both manta ray species (Manta alfredi, Manta birostris)
were moved to Mobula based on phylogenetic analysis.

Here, we present the first unequivocal evidence of oceanic manta rays (Mobula birostris) occurrence in Fijian waters.

Luke Gordon & Tom Vierus

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50 Reefs Project: Fiji

50 Reefs Project: Fiji is recognised as having 2 of 50 reefs across the globe identified with the potential to resist and adjust to climate change

Abstract

Coral reef ecosystems are seriously threatened by changing conditions in the ocean.

Although many factors are implicated, climate change has emerged as a dominant and rapidly growing threat.

Developing a long-term strategic plan for the conservation of coral reefs is urgently needed yet is complicated by significant uncertainty associated with climate change impacts on coral reef ecosystems.

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Figure 5 Percentage of global reef pixels reaching DHW greater than 4 and 8C-weeks

The 2014-17 Global Coral Bleaching Event: The Most Severe and Widespread Coral Reef Destruction

Abstract

Ocean warming is increasing the incidence, scale, and severity of global-scale coral bleaching and mortality, culminating in the third global coral bleaching event that occurred during record marine heatwaves of 2014-2017.

While local effects of these events have been widely reported, the global implications remain unknown.

Analysis of 15,066 reef surveys during 2014-2017 revealed that 80% of surveyed reefs experienced significant coral bleaching and 35% experienced significant coral mortality.

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ABC Radio Law Report with Damien Carrick - May 2022

ABC Radio Law Report with Damien Carrick – May 2022

Fiji environmental crime verdict ‘sets precedent’

ABC Radio Law Report interview about Freesoul Real Estate Development Ltd who had days to appeal a ground-breaking fine imposed by Fiji’s High Court after the resort developer carried out unauthorised works on a remote island. And environmental law in the Pacific.

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Contributions of tourism-based Marine Conservation Agreements to natural resource management in Fiji – MCA Paper

Highlights

  • Marine Conservation Agreements in Fiji are largely being used to establish MPAs.
  • Less than a third of MCAs include explicit financial incentives.
  • MCAs are contributing to biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries.

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