WCS Fiji

Media Coverage

2012

"Traditional methods helping preserve Fiji Reefs". Fiji Times newspaper. 12 July 2012

"Climate threat to coral reefs". Fiji Times newspaper. 12 July 2012 

"Locally managed marine areas proven success". Pacific Islands News Association. 11 July 2012 

"Wildlife group targets youths". Fiji Times newspaper. 22 June 2012. 

"For us and our children". Fiji Times newspaper. 17 June 2012. 

"Sirilo takes charge". Fiji Times newspaper. 9 June 2012.

"Life changing". Fiji Times newspaper. 9 June 2012.

"10 year ban starts". Fiji Times newspaper. 2 June 2012.

"Engaging young people for environmental change". MaiLife magazine, May 2012.

"Fiji's Kalia falls under endangered species". Fiji Times newspaper. 16 May 2012.

"Old and new knowledge combine to protect Fiji's fish".  Scidev.net website. 15 February 2012.

"Protecting Nabalebale".  Fiji Times newspaper. 12 February 2012.

"The dynamic duo". "". Fiji Times newspaper. 11 February 2012.

"Paulo Kolikata for the vanua" Fiji Times newspaper. 9 February 2012.

“Ecotales from Kubulau." Fiji Sun newspaper. 1 January 2012.

2011

“Kubulau tales told in book” Fiji Sun newspaper. 24 December 2011.

“Kubulau initiative.” Fiji Times newspaper. 12 December 2011.

“Forum hears our conservation issues.” Fiji Sun newspaper. 17 September 2011.

"2nd Conservation Science Forum." Fiji One TV. 14 September 2011

“Overhanging culverts threaten Fiji’s fresh water fish.” Fiji Radio news. 14 September 2011

“Tackling climate change in Fiji.” WCS website. 13 September 2011

“Exploring the sacred Fiji coral reefs.” The Animal House program on WAMU. 27 August 2011.

“Reeling Reefs.” American Way Magazine. 15 August 2011.

“Shout out loud, Save the Reefs.” Fiji Times newspaper. 14 August 2011

“Overfishing major threat to marine life.” Fiji Times newspaper. 10 July 2011.

Fiji Ocean Day series. Fiji Times newspaper. 18 June 2011.

"Dazzling Sea Life Explored on Remote Reef."  Our Amazing Planet website. 9 June 2011.

“Students Use Virtual Tools to Collaborate Across the Globe on Real World Environmental Conservation.” Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning website. 2 June 2011

“Expedition to the Sacred Reef of Fiji.” National Geographic Newswatch website. 31 May – 8 June 2011.

“Discovering Solevu reefs.”  Fiji Times newspaper. 21 May 2011.

“Our miraculous reef builders.” Fiji Times newspaper. 18 May 2011.

“Fiji 2011” New England Aquarium Global Explorers website blog. 2-26 March 2011.

“Fiji- Local Management Yields Multiple Benefits at the Namena Marine Reserve” World Resources Institute website. Reefs at Risk Revisited. 25 February 2011.

“Climate change assessment for Yasawa.”  Fiji Sun newspaper. 1 February 2011.

“Finding new ways to protect both fish and fishers.”  ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies website. 27 January 2011.

2010

“Ecosystem threat.”  Fiji Times newspaper. 26 November 2010.

“Villagers experience the benefits of MPA’s.” Fiji Times newspaper. 9 November 2010.

“Ecosystem guide.” Fiji Times newspaper. 8 November 2010.

“Villagers guard resources.” Fiji Times newspaper. 3 November 2010.

“MPA’s inspire donor.” Fiji Times newspaper. 3 November 2010.

“COP10 Convention on Biodiversity.” Fiji Embassy news. 1 November 2010.

“Team conducts freshwater fish survey.” Fiji Sun newspaper. 31 October 2010.

“Villagers meet on environment.” Fiji Sun newspaper. 30 September 2010.

“Kubulau bears fruit of vision.” Fiji Sun newspaper. 7 August 2010.

“FIJI – Where the chiefs rule the reefs.” Sportdiver magazine June 2010.

“Boosting fish numbers.” Australia Network TV.12 March 2010.

“Call to stop tilapia introduction.” Fiji Sun newspaper. 20 January 2010.

“Tilapia’s invasive nature.” Fiji Times newspaper.  18 January 2010.

“Tilapia feeds on Fiji’s native fish.” Fiji Sun newspaper. 16 January 2010

"Trouble in Paradise (the Fishy Kind) Tilapia Dine on Native Fish Fry." WCS website. 12 January 2010. 

2009

"Foreign species threaten agriculture."  Fiji Times newspaper. 8 August 2009.

"Conservation is everyone's business." Pacific News Agency Service. 6 August 2009.

"Advice given to conservationists." Fiji Times newspaper. 6 August 2009.

"Call to pay forest owners." Fiji Times newspaper. 6 August 2009.

"Fiji considered a conservative hub."  Fiji One TV. 6 August 2009. 

“Stakeholders to discuss conservation.” Fiji Sun newspaper. 5 August 2009.

 “Managing natural resources.” Fiji Times newspaper. 5 August 2009.

"Talks on conservation begin." Fiji One TV. 5 August 2009.

"Fiji holds first joint meeting for scientists, policy makers and conservation practioners." Radio New Zealand. 4 August 2009.

"Scientists, policy makers and conservation practioners converge ideas at Fiji meeting." Radio New Zealand. 4 August 2009.

“First ever local conservation forum to take stock.” Fiji Times newspaper. 3 August 2009.

“People unaware of earth links.” Fiji Times newpaper. 19 June 2009.

 “Lack of data a problem.” Fiji Times newspaper. 19 June 2009.

“Marine area protection.” Fiji Times newspaper. 29 April 2009.

"Management project to ease Nadi flood woes." Fiji Times newspaper. 23 April 2009.

"Kubulau Conservation." MaiLife magazine. April 2009.

"Don't burn cane." Fiji Times newspaper. 5 February 2009.

Vatu-i-Ra Seascape

Vatu-i-Ra Land/Seascape ProspectusStretching across the channel that links Fiji’s two main islands is a blue-green jewel of forest and reef. Called Vatu-i-Ra, its vibrant seas are laced with coral reefs, masses of colorful reef fish, and sea turtles, while the adjoining landscape of coastal forests is alive with crested iguanas, tree frogs, and sea birds.

This extraordinary 7,500 square mile mosaic of forests, mangroves, seagrass meadows, reefs, deep channels, and seamounts is one of the Pacific’s last great wild places. It is home to the largest population of nesting hawksbills in Fiji as well as green and loggerhead turtles. It is one of the few remaining sanctuaries for the highly prized but globally endangered humphead wrasse, which animates the reef alongside bumphead parrotfish and white tip reef sharks. Local people thrill to frequent sightings of resident pilot whales and dolphins as well as humpback whales passing through on their annual migrations. Strong currents run through the deep Vatu-i-Ra channel, nourishing a magnificent diversity of more than 300 species of corals. These, in turn, sustain breeding colonies of frigate birds, black noddies, and red-footed boobies.

Vatu-i-Ra’s intact forests boast many species unique to Fiji – crested iguanas, tree frogs, and more than 120 endemic plant species. Free-flowing rivers connect the forest to the reef, allowing small but spectacularly colorful goby fish to migrate from upland streams to the coast and back.

Like most of Melanesia, the residents of the coastal villages around Vatu-i-Ra hold formal tenure rights over their land and traditional fishing rights over their coastal waters. Fisheries are a major source of food and income to these communities, as are revenues generated by Vatu-i-Ra’s world-renowned dive tourism. However, growing demands on the Seascape from unsustainable fishing to logging and expanding agricultural activities combine to threaten its forests, rivers, and reefs as well as the vital connections between them and the services they provide to human and wildlife communities.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and our local partners are engaged in an ambitious effort to mobilize science and traditional knowledge to achieve our 10-year vision for Vatu-i-Ra: healthy, resilient forests that are connected to and sustain rivers, mangroves and coral reefs, and where coral reefs teem with whales, turtles, sharks, humphead wrasse, and abundant food fishes that are managed to support livelihoods and Fijian culture.