WCS funded a piece of work to look at the extent to which marine conservation agreements were being used as a tool by the tourism sector to partner with the local communities.Read More
About once a month we have a client or colleague ask us “So, what exactly is this Environment and Climate Adaptation Levy (ECAL), and what does the Government do with it?”
So in the spirit of answering questions and putting this online so it’s easy to Google, here is the official Fiji Government presentation and talk about what the Environment and Climate Adaptation Levy (ECAL) is all about.Read More
I was asked to give a Presentation to TS309 – Tourism Business Entrepreneurship at the University of the South Pacific – School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Semester 1 – 2020, April 2020.
This is part of the Bachelor of Commerce in Tourism & Hospitality Management.Read More
Aquarium products in the Pacific Islands: a review of the fisheries, management and trade – Robert Gillett, Mike A. McCoy, Ian Bertram, Jeff Kinch, Aymeric Desurmont and Andrew Halford
March 2020Read More
Impact of coral bleaching
Found in tropical oceans, corals are important reef builders that secrete calcium carbonate to form coral reefs. Corals live in a mutualistic relationship with symbiotic algae, which use sunlight to produce food for corals and get shelter in return. Under stress, such as elevated seawater temperatures for prolonged periods, corals can start to bleach.Read More
This report, the Mangrove Management Plan 2013 (MMP2013), has been prepared by Dr Dick Watling, Environment Consultants Fiji (ECF) for the Department of the Environment (DoEnv) as the focal point for the Mangrove Eco Systems for Climate Change Adaptation and Livelihood project Project (MESCAL).Read More
Reef Surveys have been carried out at two sites (the Great White Wall on the outer face, and the back of Blue Ribbon Eel Reef / Jerry’s Jelly on the inside of the Rainbow Reef) in the Somosomo Straits since 2002, with the exception of 2005 (Rainbow Reef only), 2008 (no surveys), and 2015 – 2017 (no surveys due to poor weather and time constraints).Read More
Fiji’s Resilient Reefs
Coral reefs are ancient, living organisms, which have seen and adapted to many changes over millions of years.
It’s one of the oddities of the human race that we expect natural systems to be constant, but as the climate and environment alter, so do reefs around the world, and those in Fiji are no exception.
As you travel around Fiji you will soon come to realise that there are many types of reefs – spectacular hard coral walls, colourful soft coral bommies, dramatic and spooky rocky passages, rubble patches filled with weird and wonderful critters.
What you may not realise is that these reefs change year by year, react to pressures in many different ways, grow and adapt like any other natural ecosystem.Read More
Branching and Table corals can grow 5 – 10 cm per year. Boulder corals 1 – 2 cm per year.
In Fiji, corals spawn in October and November, tiny new colonies are usually first visible by about April or May.Read More