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
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.

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

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.

Vanua as Environment: Conservation, Farming, and Development in Waitabu, Fiji

Vanua as Environment: Conservation, Farming, and Development in Waitabu, Fiji

by Hao-Li Lin, BA, Anthropology, National Taiwan University, 2004

Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

Defended and approved on March 16th, 2015

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Status of Coral Reefs of the World Report: 2020

The Sixth Edition of the Sixth Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN) Status of Coral Reefs of the World Report: 2020 was launched on October 5th 2021. 

This flagship product of the GCRMN describes the status and trends of coral reefs worldwide.

This sixth edition is the first since 2008, and the first based on the quantitative analysis of a global dataset compiled from raw monitoring data contributed by more than 300 members of the network.

Best Practice Mangrove Planting For Fiji - A Discussion Document

Best Practice Mangrove Planting For Fiji – A Discussion Document

Currently, Fiji has no national policy, plan or official guidelines for mangrove planting.

This review has been prepared by Dr Dick Watling, and is founded on nearly 40 years of observation and interest in Fiji’s mangrove, assistance as a member of the Mangrove Management Committee since its inception (when functioning) and consultant to the private and public sector on mangrove issues in Fiji.

He is the author of the Mangrove Management Plan for Fiji 1985-86 and its follow up in 2013.

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